Sometimes even the routine can turn into eventful and memorable experiences.
Such was the case recently for Delavan-Darien High School students Brenda Gomez and Andrew Ohl, along with teacher Monique Jeffrey.
Jeffrey was returning to DDHS Monday morning with the students after picking them up from their Work Experience course at Lake Lawn Resort. It’s a regular route Jeffrey makes between DDHS and Lake Lawn in the district’s plain white passenger van.
But on this particular Monday morning, on Walworth Avenue just near the Delavan/Delavan Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, the students saw a woman laying in the street and yelled for Jeffrey to turn around and go back to help.
The woman had been trying to wave for other passers by to stop and help. She had slipped on some ice and was lying in a puddle in tremendous pain. The students stayed with the woman and held her hands while Jeffery called 9-1-1 and ran to the chamber to get a blanket. Another motorist also stopped to help out.
The trio from DDHS stayed with the woman until paramedics arrived. The woman did suffer some serious injuries that will require rehabilitation, Jeffrey learned later from the woman’s family.
“The students were very calm and concerned while staying there with her,” Jeffrey said. “They were so glad that we saw her laying there. We felt so good afterwards to be able to help.
“The students were amazing in this emergency situation with both their actions and their concern for someone.”
Great job for your selfless acts, courage and willingness to help others in a time of need, Brenda, Andrew and Monique! You’ve made us Comet Proud!