This fellow is my hero. I have trouble walking outside in winter because of my hips and knees, which are stiff most of the time.
I am 76 years old and live alone. But I am lucky to live across the street from a Sobey’s store at the corner of Panet Road and Reenders Drive.
It is great in summer but hazardous in winter. The city cleans the streets immediately after each snowfall but only clean the sidewalks about every three to four weeks. About 60 per cent of the residents in a six block area are seniors.
There is always a hill of snow the plough left behind to climb over at both lights. We also have to climb a hill to punch the walk-light button.
This winter, I fell hard from the top of one of those hills right into the street. I had trouble getting up and I noticed the red light had changed and traffic was inching towards me.
Then, a wonderful, tall man, about 45 years old, helped me up and held traffic back for me. Then he walked me part way home as he noticed I was limping badly.
I thanked him profusely but forgot to get his name. I was very shaken up. It was a traumatic experience for me.
My knees are black and blue and swollen, but I am grateful I was not road kill.
Thank you again to that wonderful man who took the time to help me. I won’t forget you.
— Marie Macfarlane