2013-11-08 / Letters

A Call for Compassion

Dear Editor:

Yesterday afternoon I went outside to do something in my yard, only to hear the screams and ranting of some woman across the street in front of Dr. Gelwan's office at 122-20 Rockaway Beach Boulevard. Several neighbors were standing around, staring at this poor unfortunate woman who was enjoying just another day in the park! She continued her ranting about how many men she had killed including three of her former husbands and she even threatened to kill me and my adult son, claiming to be the "Real Black Widow.”

As she continued bragging about killing people, a nurse from the home on the corner of Beach 125th Street and the boulevard showed up and asked the woman on the ground if she had been drinking and told her to get up. I was on my cell phone by this time to 911 to report this person as a PIN (a person in need of assistance). Learning this, the Nurse/Aide made a horrible face at me and took off. At no time since my call, or prior to the EMS truck showing up, (which took 15 minutes, not exactly "Rapid Response") did anyone else from the home come to her aid.

It turns out that the woman suffers from Hypoglycemia and had fallen on the ground due to a drunken state and could not walk. The EMS crew was very professional and humane to this woman and placed her on the gurney and into the ambulance she went. But as they rode off into the sunset, I continued to hear her say, “I'm going to kill you too!” And that was just another day in the park, on Saturday, November 2nd.

It is truly amazing how people are these days! So many people stopped and stared at her and stood around and did nothing during the near hour that she sat/laid on the garden patch in front of the eye doctor's home/office. It is really true; most New Yorkers don't want to get involved, but will gladly become part of the ever growing audience. This is certainly a change that I wish would happen, not only here in Rockaway, but throughout our state.


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