Kerre McIvor: Are there still Good Samaritans amongst us?

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Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Wed, 12 May 2021, 4:15PM
(Photo / NZ Herald)
(Photo / NZ Herald)

Kerre McIvor: Are there still Good Samaritans amongst us?

Author
Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Wed, 12 May 2021, 4:15PM

You'd like to think you'd be the first to rush in if someone was being threatened, but there is a very real risk in these mad and crazy times that you could literally be putting your life on the line to help. 

In the wake of the Dunedin Countdown stabbings, there are stories of tremendous courage on the part of the store manager and bystanders who are now in hospital recovering from their injuries. 

Others said they just froze, they saw what was happening, they knew people were in trouble but they did nothing. 

People who failed to step in are being told they shouldn't feel guilty, remember Austin Hemmings? 

He was the father of three, the devoted husband and the incredible colleague who was coming out of his workplace when he saw a man assaulting a woman and stepped in to help her escape. 

He was stabbed and fatally injured; he paid the ultimate price for being a Good Samaritan. 

If you've ever been in that situation I'd love to know how you handled it. 

Does it help if you have been trained for a conflict situation?

Say, if you've been in the army or you were a police officer or a corrections officer? 

Does it help if you know first aid?

One of the reasons I did a first aid course a couple of years ago because I felt it was almost inevitable I'll come across an accident? 

In these mad and crazy times, we ask the question ‘will people step in?’

The answer is yes, and we saw that in Dunedin yesterday.

If you've ever been in that situation I'd love to hear your story.