The 35W bridge collapse has made national news in the past week. The devastation caused by such a horrific event will go down in Minneapolis history.
After the release of a security camera video we could see how some reacted to the collapse, wandering around, unsure of what to do. Others, however, risked their own lives to save others.
Some of these people have been trained to do what they do best...save lives. Others, it was instinct and survival.
Since Gregg and I both work down at HCMC we were waiting for that call to come in. We have had drills showing, teaching us what to do in a real disaster. At first these drills seem tedious and silly, after the bridge collapse, not anymore.
The outstanding work of the first responders, bystanders, fire, police, EMS, and hospital make me proud to work at one of the finest Level I Trauma Centers in the US. We were able to see and treat 20+ victims from the wreck in a short period of time. The work is hard and draining, but in the end rewarding to know that we saved lives.
We are all fine.
Fortunately, noone we knew was injured as well.
The news reporters have repeatedly said to Thank God that there are only 7 dead.
While I agree that this tradegy could have been much, much worse, if you asked the families of those 7 do you think they would agree? Or for the estimated 13 that are still missing?
Pray for the missing and the families affected by this tradegy. For the men and women who will now need to put together the pieces of why and how the bridge collapsed, and for the people who will rebuild it.