Journal Express, Knoxville, IA


February 16, 2012

In the House of Wood

The Goodness of Man

Knoxville —  

Take a look at the photo at the bottom of this column. What do you see?

When I was on the scene of this semi accident Wednesday morning, some woman (I don’t know who she was, and it does not matter.) asked that I not take a photo. I’d already taken this one, and my batteries were dying, so I obliged. 

I don’t know if this is the case or not, but I believe she may have made this request because she wanted to protect the driver, Jerry Ogden from some kind of exposure. I may have been perceived as some kind of media vulture, preying upon the injured and exploiting this accident. 

That may be true for some journalists, but not for me. You may disagree, and that’s your prerogative. I know the truth in my heart and I’m doing my best to spell that out here. 

When I look at this photo, or whenever I am on any accident scenet, I am constantly reminded of the inherent goodness of mankind. Look at the picture. There are at least nine people there, steadying that ladder and helping Ogden down to load him into the ambulance. They were also helping rescue personnel. 

I didn’t count, but I’m sure at least five people climbed upon the door of the cab, which was on its side, to tend to the driver before loading him on the stretcher. Getting up there did not seem like an easy task, let alone trying to perform rescue procedures. 

Pictured are only a portion of the over a dozen emergency responders who came to the accident to help out in some way. It’s difficult to determine how many actual rescue personnel were there, as there were several people checking out the scene, who were were stalled, due to the road blockage. 

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