As I was arriving at my place of work, Birkwood School, Barnsley. A woman was weaving in front of moving vehicles on Darfield Road, Cudworth, Barnsley, she was clearly distressed. None of the vehicles stopped for her and pedestrians passed her by. I stopped my car and went to her aid. I approach her and asked if she was alright. She spoke to me, but she was slurring her words, it was hard to understand what she was saying. At that point I knew she needed help. I didn’t have my mobile phone on me so I asked a young woman who was making a call on her mobile phone, who was five or so feet away from me, if she would ring for an ambulance and the police. The young woman responded with a series of abuse towards me and the woman I was trying to help. As she was verbally abusing us, another two women came to see what was happening. I asked if one of them could call emergency services. The young woman who was shouting abuse heard me and told them not to make the call. They were reluctant at first, but one of them made the call. The woman I was trying to help was very agitated, I managed to calm her and to sit her on the causeway. Word reached the head teacher of Birkwood School and she came to help with another member of staff. Then another woman who was walking her dog stopped, her dog fouled on the causeway and another passer by began shouting at her to get her to pick up the dog-mess. The woman I was trying to help then became aggressive with me, she was confused. It turned out when the paramedic arrived she had taken an illegal substance. At this point she was unconscious. Another woman came to see what was happening and she said she was a nurse and had seen the woman earlier roaming in front of traffic, but didn’t stop and felt guilty for that. This was a stressful situation for me to deal with but I was sustained by The Parable of the Good Samaritan.
Ann Oakley goes to church at St Mary Magdalene, Lundwood, Barnsley.
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