I had a heck of a day on Friday, Jan. 22, as I found myself in McDonald Park at noon having to call 911 to the park’s gazebo area.
A female was sleeping sideways on cold cement. She had skin exposed, including her hands, head and face. The temperature that day was well below freezing.
Others walked past, but I walked over and found the woman was not responsive. A small heater was plugged into a gazebo post but, with her skin exposed and without a verbal response, I called 911.
Police, ambulance and a fire truck responded and, thankfully, they got her awake and up. She sent them off and refused help.
I hung around for more than an hour in the park to be sure she was alright. This person must have been cold to the bone, as it took her most of the hour to get up after refusing help.
We should all be grateful to not suffer this indignity.
I commend the five-minute response time by emergency services to assist.