June 21

HAD THEY NOT BEEN THERE
How you have helped one who has no power! How you have assisted the arm that has no strength! —Job 26:2

San Jose, Calif., EMTs Brian Newton and Shawn Ellis were on duty when they noticed something unusual. They turned their ambulance around quickly and called in a possible fire.

Payal Hazari, 17, was sleeping upstairs inside her home. “[The EMT] just came into my room like, ‘Ma’am, your house is on fire,’ and that’s when I got scared and I was like, ‘is this real? Am I dreaming?’” she said.

“I see that the flames were flickering out of the doorway and that thick black smoke began to just completely fill the hallway,” Shawn said. “All of this happened before fire crews were able to arrive at the home.

“As they found out, the fire was spreading very quickly and had they not been there to take action, the outcome would have been very different,” San Jose Fire Department Chief William McDonald said.

Pallavi Hazari, Payal’s mother, said, “They really saved two lives. I can’t imagine life without her, so it’s a life for both of us.”

Payal’s family gave handwritten cards to both men. “I wanted to thank them, but I don’t know how to, because it’s just so big,” Payal said. “You can’t thank them enough. There is no way you can pay them back for what they’ve done.”

Whether it be an EMT, policeman, fireman, trooper, soldier, or a citizen Good Samaritan, when a life is saved, family members and friends are also saved from grief and devastation from the tragic loss of a loved one.

Pallavi is right. Saving one life is saving many others as well.

SAVIOR GOD, thank You for the reminder that when we touch any life, we are also helping all those whose life that person is connected to.