Hey there, time traveller!
This article was published 20/8/2013 (1371 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
I was riding my handicap scooter on the pathway between St. Vital and Windsor Park, a path along the Seine River which always floods at one low spot.
($90k would definitely be more than enough to fix this, Mayor Katz. Wink, wink, nudge, nudge.)
Not knowing how deep this water was, I decided to skirt it by taking the off-road path up a little knoll. This was no problem till I got to the crest where there was a tree root growing across the path.
As my scooter’s rear drive wheels encountered this "bump in the road," they spun and left me with no alternative but to try rolling back and take another run at it, but my legs are next to useless so over I went onto my side. There I was in the grass amongst the trees and other assorted vegetation looking much like Artie Johnson in those Laugh In skits of long ago.
My first Angel of Mercy came along, walking with a cane, and instantly asked me about my wellbeing. I assured her I just had a bruised ego, and she told me she’d go get help.
About this time, my second beautiful Angel appeared riding a bicycle and pulled my legs downhill so I was at least "headed" in the right direction. She then gave me her hand so I could pull myself to a sitting position, and she let me rest my shoulder on her leg.
About then, two gentlemen arrived on the scene. One was a cyclist travelling through and the other the gentleman who lives in the nearest house, who, I think, had been summoned by my first Angel.
These guys got on each side of me and hoisted me onto my scooter with no effort.
Well I’ve never been "picked up" by men before, but in this instance, I was more than willing.
Then the gentleman on the bicycle guided me through the water and I was on my way again.
I never got any names, but all these good people know who they are, and I’d like to thank them for their kindness.
All of them had a part in my rescue just like a well-oiled team. It was uncanny how they all did what they could and everything fell into place. Thank you all so much. I hope to meet you all again and thank you personally.
— Leo Lapointe