BREJCHA: If not me, then who?

To the editor:

Gus was lucky this day. Gus is a lovable pup, who, like every dog, gets away from the homestead and wanders the neighborhood with his new found freedom. 

No one’s fault, it just happens. Unfortunately, Gus wandered a bit too far and was “grazed” by a car going north on the “S” curves leaving town. No one stopped, traffic kept going. 

When my wife Kim and I rounded the curve heading south towards VanBroklin’s bakery, we saw Gus staggering and flopping in the road, concussed, from the hit, but it looked worse than that. It looked like Gus had broken his back. 

In shock, my wife and I thought for sure this was a fatality that was soon to be and the hard part was that Gus was still alive. But then we watched a scene unfold as we’re dialing 911 that gave hope to this apparent tragedy. 

A passer-by, Tabitha Keller, a senior at Crossroads Academy was walking by as Gus was dazed and confused in the midst of busy traffic (this was Fair week.) She safely stepped out into the edge of traffic and called for Gus to come to her. He made it into her arms as he went limp; blood trickling out of his mouth. 

No time to waste. We pulled the car up, flashers on, as my wife motioning for traffic to slow down. Tabitha, cradling and talking to the dog sat in the back seat with the pup. We immediately headed for The Pet Hospital just three blocks away where Dr. Rick Davids’ crew of Heidi and Crystal assisted in stabilizing Gus’s situation until Dr. Davids arrived to do his veterinary magic. 

This was late morning. We received a call at
2 p.m. that Gus and owner were reunited and that Gus had only received a concussion and other minor injuries. A total recovery is expected. Good news indeed. 

How often do we get a chance to see teenagers do the good thing, the right thing and the hard thing at the point of decision? 

It could have been different. Tabitha could have kept walking, or she could have gotten on her smartphone and started taking pictures, or even froze and done nothing. 

Instead, she instinctively assessed the situation, then took courageous action to save the life of a living creature — not her own. 

My wife and I are deeply impressed with the calm maturity we observed in Tabitha along with her polite demeanor. When we asked her what she planned to do with her life after high school, she said, “I want to go into veterinary medicine or nursing.” 

 Perfect. 

 If not me, then who? If not now, when? Good job this day, Tabitha. Your community is proud of you.

Mark and Kim Brejcha

Big Rapids

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