Bran­don a big help af­ter boy’s fall

Winnipeg Free Press - Section E - - THE SOCIAL PAGE -

ONE evening in early April, my youngest son, Will, and his friends were skate­board­ing at the Sar­gent Park Skatepark.

About five min­utes af­ter I texted to tell him when I would be pick­ing them up, Will accidentally gave him­self a tor­ren­tial bloody nose with his skate­board.

Even stoic pre-teens/early teens crum­ble a bit when hurt, so it was lucky for both Will and me an amaz­ing young man named Bran­don stepped in to help.

Bran­don, who works at the Green Ap­ple Skate­board Shop, did not know my son and his friends, but he im­me­di­ately stepped in, helped keep Will calm and helped him with the bleed­ing. Poor Bran­don got Will’s blood all over his sweater!

Bran­don stayed with the boys un­til I ar­rived, mak­ing sure Will was all right. When I pulled up, Bran­don im­me­di­ately ran over and let me know Will was OK. Then he told me his name and what had hap­pened. He even knew to in­fuse hu­mour into the sit­u­a­tion, so I wouldn’t be too wor­ried. By the time I had all the boys in the car and had tended to Will, I had forgotten Bran­don’s name, and he had left. I felt aw­ful I hadn’t prop­erly thanked him in the mo­ment. Thank good­ness my boys re­mem­bered his name and where he worked! I was able to go and drop off a thank-you card to let him know how much I ap­pre­ci­ated his kind­ness.

Bran­don demon­strated com­pas­sion, kind­ness and re­spon­si­bil­ity. He saw a boy get hurt and took it upon him­self to en­sure that boy was safe.

Thank you, Bran­don, for stay­ing with Will un­til I ar­rived. Thank you for help­ing my son when he was hurt. Thank you for let­ting me know what oc­curred. I am grate­ful you were there that day. You are an amaz­ing ex­am­ple of the po­ten­tial of young adults to­day! Skate­board­ers are awe­some!

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