THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
From our readers
Issue Date: February 21, 2019
Letter to Editor:
So what does a "Hero" look like?
Well let me tell you!! A five foot nothing lady who is a mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother working as a local crossing guard. She was able to use her quick thinking to keep those around her safe. This woman was wearing her safety vest, holding her big flashing stop sign and was crossing three children. At the same time a vehicle was entering into the crosswalk. Realizing that the vehicle was not stopping this crossing guard pushed the two children closest to her and also in-line with the approaching vehicle out of harms way. Thankfully the children were uninjured but that crossing guard was not so lucky and was struck by the vehicle.
After being thrown to the snow covered pavement her daughter-in-law who happened to be in the area and witnessed the event, jumped to her aid. The crossing guard suffered a broken vertebrae along with numerous bumps and bruises. Even with her injuries, from her hospital bed her focus continues to be how soon she is able to get back to her crosswalk and the kids she helps each school day. I am proud to say that this hero is my 82 year old mother, Gail Bantes.
Thank you to those that helped her that day, Liz Bantes, other bystanders and Bay Area Medical Center Emergency Department and the staff and providers on the 3rd floor.