Jessica Mondillo’s Blog

Tell me ONE thing more important than saving a person’s life.

October 12, 2007 

Today I watched one of the most upsetting things just because of the logic behind it.  I watched an ambulance come over a mile down Commonwealth Ave from my dorm room.

Down by the BU Bridge, the ambulance had to stop because traffic coming off the bridge didn’t want to let him go.  As he proceeded down Commonwealth Ave, the ambulance couldn’t get by because of students crossing the street.  In my mind there is no excuse for that.  Not only could the students SEE the ambulence they could HEAR the sirens but they wouldn’t lets the ambulance go because they might be one minute late back to class.  As the ambulance got closer, Commonwealth Ave goes down to one lane.  Cars are trying to get out of its way but the people who had already gotten over didn’t want to let anyone else in so they could move up a few vehicles in line.

So we have a classic example of people being in a self center rush.  Now if someone in my family died in an ambulance because of a delay due to outsiders foolishness, I wouldn’t be happy.  I’d say that sentiment is felt amongst most people.  When I say most people, that would probably include the majority of people who drove or walked in front of the ambulance or the people who wanted to move up a few spots in line.

Maybe it’s just me but saving a person’s life comes first.  If someone is an ambulance, most likely their life is at risk.  I’d be willing to bet that every person who didn’t give that ambulance immediate right of way had nothing that could not be delayed for less than five minutes to SAVE A PERSON’S LIFE.

Please feel free to tell me what you think is mroe important than saving a person’s life.


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  1. * bushdoctor says:

    hey, jessica. i am an ambulance officer in the far north of western australia, out in the bush in fact 300 kilometres from the nearest town. i am continually obstructed by people who simply DON’T CARE! lives come first, that is why we use lights and sirens. if these same people were in the ambulance they would want it all happening for them. unfortunately we have to stay calm and stay safe.

    | Reply Posted 10 years, 8 months ago
  2. * fourteenacres says:

    I believe you’re right, nothing is more important than saving life. But, it’s hard for us American’s to remember that isn’t it? So immersed in their own agenda. America has become a place where anything goes. Maybe not just America. George Bush does it, why oh why, not the rest of us? After all, what’s one life, compared to getting to class/work on time????

    | Reply Posted 10 years, 8 months ago
  3. * Jessica Mondillo says:

    It is hard for people to remember that. It’s so true that if you were in that ambulance you would want people to be curteous and move. I know a lot of people in this area would want to sue if they were the ones in the ambulance and something went wrong, but no one cares about other people. Is the world that self absorbed that they can’t put their life on hold for a MINUTE to help save a life?

    | Reply Posted 10 years, 8 months ago

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