Sunday, September 6, 2009
A Day of Rest?
Its Sunday, its windy, I have a slight cold and the house to myself. DH is playing in the WP Vets Squash Champs I have handed over the NW phone kit at last. (see previous post) But not without drama this morning I have often wondered how I would cope if a real emergency arose while I was responsible for the phone. Today I had to find out. I don't want to depress anyone Or make you think we live in the Wild West The norm is quieter here. But at 8.30, a shocked voice on the phone told me that they had been hearing terrible screams for help from the direction of the nearby station. That's a scary thing to hear - for her and for me I put an emergency radio call out and the whole NW shebang sprang into action. As it turned out, a young girl had been mugged on the station and robbed of her bag - terrible for her but at least she wasn't harmed physically. After much radioing, much action, huge community involvement and police co-operation, the man was caught in the neighbouring town (the much loved Kalk Bay) with the the girls cell phone and wallet in his possession. So- he is in jail right now. And I am breathless with admiration for "our guys" - just ordinary SA men who will not stand back and be intimidated by criminals. It got ugly though - some of the local KB scoundrels (known criminals) surrounded our NW guys and threatened them and their families, one even pulling a knife. Emergency calls for police and other back up resulted in the immediate situation being defused. But not pretty at all. Aren't you glad I only hold the NW phone every 5 weeks!? PS: I'm considering starting another kind of NW: a Neighbourhood "Watch and Pray" Group, specifically to pray for the safety of these same guys who put themselves at risk daily for our sakes.