I hope this email finds you well.
I wanted share with you something that happened this weekend.
Saturday morning, I left the house to run some errands. I came upon an auto accident involving 3 cars. One of the 3 cars was flipped on its side.
Two of the three were trapped and one of the two trapped, was unconscious.
I went to the first vehicle and helped her to the side of the road where she sat with my wife.
I then went to second vehicle, driven by a younger woman. She was trapped in her car because her doors were jammed shut.
I was able to pry her driver’s door open, so she could get out. As I helped her out, she could barely walk, because of the state of shock she was in. I helped her to an embankment and sat her down.
By this time, another passer by stopped to help. She sat with the lady in shock and consoled her, while I went to help the third victim.
The third vehicle was the one that was flipped with the unconscious victim, who was an elderly man. His vehicle was laying on its passenger side.
When I was helping the second victim, I could see his body hanging from his driver’s seat seatbelt and that he was bleeding from his head.
I helped the extract him from the vehicle and carry him (using a carry from our class), to a safe area.
By this time medics and other emergency personnel had pulled up and taken over the scene.
I thought about everything that just happened. And I immediately reflected to your active shooter training.
Obviously, this was not an active shooter. But the training applied. The situation possessed the physical and mental trauma, high stress, the need for quick thinking and quick reaction
this event has really hit me hard and made me think that an accident in the workplace can possess the same traits as an auto accident or God forbid, an active shooter.
I can’t stress enough how important and beneficial this training would be in our other facilities.
When I went through your training, obviously I knew the importance of it. But when I was put in the situation to apply the training, it really opened my eyes.
As important as the training was to me, it is more important to those who are hurt.
Please do not view this email as self-serving. Or an opportunity to pound my chest. I was scared. (Still am, to tell the truth)
It was a violent and traumatizing scene. And to be honest, I don’t believe I would have responded the way I did, without your training.
It’s not my nature to write something like this. But I want you to know you and your team are appreciated.
Saturday… 3 people, who have never heard of Troy Lowe or Silverback Safety and never took your training, benefitted from you and your teams good work.
I wanted you to know that.