City worker heralded as “angel” for coming to Regina’s woman aid after she fell and hit her head
REGINA – Esther Labelle is a pretty fit elder, but last night’s light snow falling on top of the ice leftover from last week’s warm-up, created some dangerous local conditions.
“I got out of the passenger side of our van, and went to step down on the sidewalk, and when I stepped down, my right foot just went flying and I went back and whacked the back of my head. It was sheer ice”, said Esther.
Her husband and a neighbour attempted to move her, but were unsuccessful.
“Because I’m not as strong as I used to be, I came up to the house to get a chair to go back to get something to get her up on”, explained George Labelle.
Suddenly, a man named Simon appeared out of nowhere.
“I came around the corner, and noticed a distinguished lady on the floor with her husband and a neighbour. I checked her over, used my medical training which I used in the British military, and assisted the lady up”, recalled Simon Elkin, a City of Regina garbage truck operator.
The city worker was doing a routine garbage pickup, not expecting he might need to pick up something slightly more valuable.
“It was just like an angel was there, at the right time”, exclaimed Esther.
Elkin dismissed the honourary wings though, and said he was just doing his job.
“I’m not sure about an angel. There are plenty of paramedics, doctors, nurses that do this every day. I mean it’s sweet she called me an angel, but I don’t consider myself one.”
He said he plans to check up on the Labelles on his way home from work.
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