In Dec. 10 IssueBy Linda McGowanSpecial to the Times Journal
Shannon McGuire says she awoke with a start - she'd dozed off while driving to work early that Saturday morning, November 28.
She had veered off the road, and in her attempt to get her car back on the road, she had overcorrected and crossed to the other side of the road, hitting a rocky embankment and her car rolled over.
Legs dangling over the upside-down steering wheel, head pushed to one side against the caved-in roof, she could hear traffic passing, and said she had prayed that she might sleep and not have to feel the excruciating pain that enveloped her.
Tabatha Williams said she gasped as she spotted the lights of an overturned vehicle on the other side of the road. She explains that she and her fiancÚ Jimmy Whittle were also headed to work, and would lose points if they were late - but that wasn't what they were worrying about at that point.
Calling 911, Jimmy reported he had to insist an ambulance was needed immediately, because of confusion due to a similar accident recently having happened further down that road.
Lying in the blood-spattered grass beside Shannon's vehicle, Jimmy talked to her, assuring her he'd not leave until she was freed and taken care of. Only her hand protruded from the small opening that was once a door, but Jimmy's voice kept her awake and calm.
As Shannon was being taken to the air-ambulance, Jimmy managed to get someone to put her home phone number into his cell phone, so he could call and notify her husband John.
Later, he and Tabatha called again, offering John a ride to the hospital in Louisville.
They have continued to keep in touch, always concerned about Shannon's condition, always offering to help.
Shannon, who lives in Jamestown with her husband and three children (Jarod, Rebekah, and Jonah), suffered multiple fractures of the back, ribs, neck and collar bone, and has a bruised lung.
Despite the life threatening injuries, she is recuperating nicely.
She and her family have said they cannot adequately express their gratitude to the couple who cared more for the well-being of a stranger lying wounded along their pathway.
Jesus told a similar story, about a man who lay wounded and helpless by the wayside. A stranger came along and took the time to stop and help - and we still use the term "Good Samaritan" today.
Jimmy, a volunteer firefighter from Nancy, is used to helping people. He relates how he and his Dad like to go out in an old truck in the winter, "racing the tow trucks" - they'll get to a stranded vehicle first and assist them, free of charge.
Thank you, Jimmy and Tabatha, for being there for Shannon!