Ignored by rescue truck and wondering why
February 01, 2014 11:54 PM | 1627 views | 3 3 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend | print

Tuesday, after teaching a full day of classes, I left DeKalb to drive home to Marietta. I was blessed after inching my way north on I-75, some 9 hours, and then another hour down Delk Road/South Cobb only to reach about 6 miles from where I live in Marietta before stopping completely. The pile-up on South Cobb, a couple of miles from Chattahoochee Technical College, was impassable.

I parked my car on the curb; I starting walking. I was blessed again to meet a neighbor walking past the main Lockheed Martin gate. This was about midnight. After this chance meeting, we accompanied each other, walking toward the college in the cold, and on the icy road. We headed towards Sandtown Road when the cold was getting the best of us, problematic for my neighbor even more so.

Using her cell, I called 911 and was first told to knock on a business door for help, but at 1 a.m. this was not possible for a mostly residential area. The operator then suggested we wait on the corner of Austell and Sandtown Roads. We kept walking.

The operator did call us back to ask of our progress, and also asked what ethnicity (“are you black, white, or Hispanic?) we were. I am black and hesitated to admit it. I said we were black and ill prepared for what had been a four mile hike thus far.

Still walking, about 10 minutes later a rescue fire department vehicle came toward us, slowed briefly then kept going. Which is the reason for this complaint. There was no one in sight on Austell Road except us two women. And I waved my flashlight only to see the vehicle pass us. The driver did not even stop to ask how we were and this was 1 a.m. We made the walk home by 2. Bone-cold, but safe.

Lisa Mozer

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Laura Armstrong
February 02, 2014
Thank you for writing an account of your ordeal for us here. I hope others who had similar experiences will share them below, so our commissioners, transportation and public safety "leaders" will feel your pain, if only somewhat.

It illustrates what happens when there are problems at the top as we were recently warned by the former public safety director, who resigned with a scathing public letter which warned of huge gaps in public safety because of "leadership" failures.

When two women walking in distress on a day like last Tuesday are ignored by the system and its officers at that time of the morning...not even a stop to check that you were ok...it's a sad day in Cobb. Lee, Massimo, Hankerson and the rest should stop worrying so much about patting themselves on the back at Chamber and Ga. Trend Magazine award functions and start doing their jobs. Public safety should be their primary focus, not hobknobbing.
Your point?
February 02, 2014
Are you suggesting that the fire department truck passed you by because you were black?

I see no reason in this post for you to mention your ethnicity, other than to provoke comments.

After "teaching a full day of classes" I will assume that you were indeed aware of the situation with traffic and CHOSE to leave safety instead of sheltering in place thereby endangering yourself?

In addition, after seeking help from 911 and receiving advise to wait at a specific location, you chose to ignore that also?

Attempting to place blame on 1st responders after willing leaving safety and ignoring safety instructions AND attempting to imply that it was because of your ethnicity is ludicrous at best.

Michelle Sollicito
February 08, 2014
I ran SnowedOutAtlanta on Snow Tuesday and we heard countless stories of how people were not helped by the Police and 911 - do not take it personally! There was a white pregnant ladies with a 3 year old in her car having contractions who was not helped (we had to help her), elderly white ladies who recently had hip surgery, there was even a schoolbus full of kids which was nearly hit by a Marta bus sliding down the hill - and the cops simply drove by - and it was left to ordinary Cobb citizens to avoid catastrophe see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ur7jF5nZv_c&list=PLyWds7eZ8S640n986D4YGpy9MyjyuWpsK&index=1

I cannot understand how cops could drive past a schoolbus full of schoolkids about to get hit by a Marta bus sliding down a hill - what emergency could be more important than that?

The powers that be failed us miserably, it is up to the ordinary person to help others in situations like this clearly we cannot rely on the "way things are done".

Also it is clear that Governor Deal's Task Force is not going to change anything significantly.

People on the Task Force are asking the wrong questions of the wrong people.

No idea what would happen if we had a serious evacuation emergency (due to nuclear attack or chemical attack or similar).
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