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    Motorcycle Victim reaches out to thank those who stopped to help

    The words are not mine but those of the motorcycle accident victim, Jim Beattie, who was involved in an accident in Merrimack, NH on 6/30/14.
    He has tried to reach out to extend his gratitude to all the people that aided him via facebook, I'm sharing his words to a broader audience in hope that this who helped him receive their thanks.

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    On Monday evening, 6/30/14, at approximately 5:45 PM, I was involved in a motorcycle accident on Daniel Webster Highway, in Merrimack, NH, at the intersection of Henry Clay Drive. I was overwhelmed by the many people who stopped to help and offer assistance. I would like to thank them, but have no idea who they are or how to reach out to them. I'm hoping that though the miracle of Facebook networking, this post will reach some of them - please pass this on if you are willing.

    I'm sure I will miss someone who deserves thanks, I was still in shock as I sat by the side of the road. But I do remember these kind people who stopped and came to my aid, and want to express my deep gratitude and thanks for your kindness and help:
    - The gentleman who first checked on me, provided a bandaid for the gash on my bloody arm, took pictures with my phone of the accident scene, retrieved my personal items from my saddlebag, and stayed close until emergency responders arrived
    - The gentleman who called 911 and stayed next to me and on the line with the 911 operator until the police arrived
    - The young woman who was a lifeguard and first-responder who jumped into action according to her training and began checking me out
    - The firefighter from Antrim (as I recall hearing) who was also a first-responder, who also checked me out, and supported my head and neck with his hands until paramedics arrived
    - The nurse who pulled over and jumped out of her car and identified herself and offered assistance
    - The Merrimack, NH police who arrived and took command of the situation, especially Officer Williams who immediately earned my trust and confidence, and even checked on me later that night
    - The Merrimack, NH Fire and Rescue firefighters and paramedics who provided on-site medical attention and transported me to the hospital
    - The amazing ER staff at SNHMC, including Dr. O'Brien, the ER nurses, x-ray technicians, and others who took such good care of me
    - There were many other concerned people I remember seeing who stopped and offered assistance, including the young man driving the car I collided with

    To all of you, I offer my heartfelt thanks. Although I have a lot of aches and bruises, some pulled muscles, a few stitches, and currently need crutches to walk, I am doing amazingly well, with no obvious major injuries - amazing for someone who was thrown off their motorcycle after colliding with a car at 30 mph! I'm thankful to have walked away from that accident, and to be able to tell the story. I'm thankful that I live in a country, state, and community where concerned and caring people stop and offer help to a complete stranger. Thank you!!
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