Friday, February 22, 2013

Dedication and Acts of Kindness

As you can imagine, yesterday was a busy day for Overland Park’s first responders.

From 5:00 am Thursday through 5:00 am Friday morning, police dispatchers received 633 calls for service but, interestingly enough, only seven of those were accidents reports. The majority of them was in the form of motorist assist calls (399) and abandoned vehicles (78). In addition, officers took 81 reports which is about double the daily number.

Obviously, drivers responded to the intense nature of the storm and heavy snow accumulations by adjusting their driving speeds. Judging by the low number of accident reports, it was also evident that drivers were being extra cautious as they navigated their way around the city.

Many thanks go out to the officers who diligently worked twelve straight hours assisting stranded motorists, with most of that time spent pushing cars out of the snow.

If you happened to drive around the city during this time, there was a good chance you witnessed complete strangers stopping to assist others in their time of need.

Whether it was by grabbing a shovel to dig out a stranded motorist, pushing the bumper of a car, or shoveling an elderly neighbor’s driveway, acts of kindness could been seen throughout the city. These are all examples of what make this city such a great place to live and work.