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My friend, perhaps the nicest person anyone’s ever known, Ken Day, died on Monday. He had fallen a few days before when the train he was on jerked and he lost his balance. Hit his head and went into cardiac arrest. Bleeding on the train floor, his 13-year old grandson asked the only other person in the train for help and if she had a cell phone he could use. “Don’t have one”, she said flatly, and stayed in her seat. This boy then sat on the floor cradling his poor grandpa’s bleeding head and could feel he was not breathing.
Next stop finally comes, doors open, people stream in. One person asks what happened and leans down to check for a pulse. Nothing. “Someone call 9-1-1!” And then everyone just sat there, kept talking, waiting for the train to keep going.
I don’t know the situation of each of the people on this train, I don’t know if they are unaware that a man is needing oxygen and his grandson needs help, but what I can say is after 10 minutes of not having a pulse, the emergency responders finally arrived and performed CPR for 10 minutes before taking him to the hospital, and because of lack of oxygen for so long he was not going to make it.
My question is this: Why did no one breathe for my friend? Why did no adult spring into action and help? Even try CPR?
One guy checked his pulse, one person called 9-1-1, and then did nothing. Is that enough?
I’m calling out HUMANITY on this one.
This was in my hometown, my chosen state, with the reputation of having the friendliest most helpful people in the world, and no one did really anything.
I’d like to ask you something: If you saw this scene, what would you have done?
Can you honestly sit down and just start zoning out on your phone? Turn a blind eye?
My friends and family who read this blog, I am calling us all out.
Are you that person who will promise to stand up for those in need? Promise to help even when you don’t know what to do?
Are you The One?
Here is my post and tribute to Ken from Facebook:
Our hearts are broken tonight and have been since Thursday when our dear friend Ken Day lost his balance on Trax, hit his head, and has been unconscious ever since. Today he took his last breath. This man influenced me greatly by the love he showed everyone. I pray to be like him. Here is what I shared with his family –
My lasting memory of Ken Day was the last time I saw him. I was wandering around the filled rows of the chapel at adult session of our last LDS Stake Conference. Ken spotted me and with his usual greeting, stood, threw open his arms, and embraced me. I counted down for the kiss coming my way and he kissed my hairy bearded cheek! We sat and sang the hymns together, laughed and nudged each other when something struck us as funny, Debi of course right in the middle of it. I received a text from my wife on my iPad, a picture of her in a swimsuit. Ken went “woah!” ? And then they opened it up to Q&A. Debi was the last to stand and bravely asked a question and expressed a sentiment most would be too hesitant and private to share. As pillars of our community you could feel the entire room wrap it’s arms around Ken and Debi as they cried through the closing song. We huddled together and cried and expressed our love and friendship. Then he kissed me again and held my face with one hand just looking into my eyes like I was his best friend. He did this with everyone he ever met! What manner of man is this? The greatest God has given us. Debi and family, we love you. We thank you for making us feel as family, for helping raise my Tami as her bonus parents. To know he is gone only makes me want to live like him enough to join you on your street in heaven, next to your mansion with the perfect lawn and ever-present welcoming smile.
Honored to be asked by my sweet friend, Debi Day, to create a medley of a favorite LDS Church hymn, “I Believe in Christ”, as well as ‘their song’, “You Are the Sunshine of My Life” by Stevie Wonder, for her wonderful husband, Ken’s funeral, Oct. 20. Here is the recording, playing the piano, harmonica simultaneously, while singing as well. This is not an impression, rather an expression of love and hoping to bring the spirit, in honor of a great man
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