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Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Hanging in the Balance

On November 20, 1988, the Los Angeles Times reported the following incident:

A screaming woman, trapped in a car dangling from a freeway transition road in East Los Angeles was rescued Saturday morning.  The nineteen-year old woman apparently fell asleep behind the wheel at a quarter after midnight.  The car, which plunged through a guard rail, was left dangling by its left rear wheel.  A half dozen passing motorists stopped, grabbed some ropes from one of their vehicles, tied the ropes to the back of the woman's car, and hung on until the emergency units arrived.  A ladder was extended from below to help stabilize the car while firefighters tied the vehicle to two trucks with cables and chains.

"Every time we would move the car," said one of the rescuers, "she'd yell and scream.  She was in pain."

It took almost two and one-half hours for passer-by, highway patrol officers, tow truck drivers, and firefighters - about twenty-five people in all - to secure the car and pull the woman to safety.

"It was kinda funny," Los Angelas County Fire Capt. Ross Marshall recalled later.  "She kept saying, 'I'll do it myself.'"

I'll do it myself...Don't we all experience that at times?  That you can do it alone. 
Well, as a part of a team and with potential Championships 'Hanging in the Balance' we all must realize that we cannot do it alone, that coaches, players, and teammates - can help us achieve those championships more so than we can do it on our own.  So, this week and the coming weeks - embrace those that are your rescuers, those a part of your team, hanging onto the ropes, extending their ladders and helping you reach your safety or better yet, your championships!  Good Luck to all of our Gahanna Lincoln athletes, coaches and teams as they comepete for championships.

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