Early Saturday morning, Nov. 16, I hit a patch of black ice. My vehicle instantly slid out of control. There was a vehicle travelling southbound, which I came very close to hitting, while trying to regain control of my car.
The next thing I knew, I was off the road. My vehicle came to a stop upside down. Amazed that I was alive, and very much disoriented, I undid my seatbelt and started looking for my phone. Nothing. Panic started to set in, as I knew I was too far down to be spotted from the highway. It was at this time I heard an, “Are you OK?” My heart lifted.
The sound of the sirens was getting nearer, as we were starting our trek up the bank to the highway. The Halfmoon Bay Fire Department arrived at light speed. By this time I was entirely in shock and running on pure adrenaline. Having survived this, I couldn’t figure out what all the fuss was about, but clearly they did, and did an amazing job taking care of me until the ambulance showed up, and Lois and Martin took over.
Looking back at the sequence of events, I realize just how amazing all of our emergency responders here on the Coast are! Lucky for me, it was Darcy Perry of Lucky’s Smokehouse (who I just about hit), a past firefighter himself, who was first on the scene, and who went right into action.
I don’t think there is a level of responsibility higher than what these first responders have. They are our unsung heroes and deserve to be recognized for the amazing job they do each and every day.