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    might have helped save a life metal detecting today

    Rural country road has an old roadside park that I'v often thought about going to. Out of the way and today was cold, windy (temps got down to 35 last night or colder) .... but I decided since I was in that part of Arkansas to go to it. Its got several rock shelter things built, fire pit, etc.

    Was there 3 minutes and I dug one pop cap and looked up and this woman was walking towards me. I figured someone to run me off, because next to it was a car dump/garage run down place and I figured she lived there. Anyway, she says something and I can't hear because I'm 1/2 deaf and its windy .... and then again, can I help her, and when she looked up I see her face covered in dried blood.

    That changed everything fast. I asked her if anyone was after her right then and trying to hurt her - because I have a CC weapon permit and carry, and I need to know right then if this was a situation that could escalate with an attacker fast. She said no, then maybe. I said ok, I'll absolutely help you and if you'll feel safe, get in my car and lets get you help.

    She nodded yes - and we got in and I drove us out of there as fast as I could get going. I had no desire to stay with her in that park, not knowing what was what. No cell phone coverage either.

    Looking back, she never asked me any questions, like who I was, where was I from, what was I doing, nothing. I didn't touch her even though I really wanted to look at her face/head closer. She showed me her hands when I asked - they were not bloodied. I talked to her non-stop, asking her things and telling her things about me .... she told me her first name, she said the town she lived in, she wanted to go "home". I got from her a story that sometime in the night, two men in a truck beat her and threw her out and threatened to take her baby. This was noon time so she'd been sleeping in leaves for what - 12 hours or more? That's all she'd tell me really. She told me her ribs hurt badly, she was very very cold. I'm a talker, and talked all the way and she never said much at all. About 15 miles away was a small station, I got her a water very quickly and she didn't open it or try to drink.

    I called 911 as soon as I could get service and an officer and Game Warden met me at a crossroad another 10 miles. So I was with her ... maybe 30 minutes total.

    The officer I think was a bit shocked at how she looked even though I told the 911 operator what was about. He helped her to his vehicle - and she was still shaking badly and moving much slower. He quickly took my information, and left. First thing he told me when he saw her was " she needs medical attention now" .... yes I knew that.

    If I had to guess .... she got into a truck somehow with the two guys, they took her to that remote park and raped/beat her and left her. I'd guess the blood on her face was from a blow to the head, maybe a concussion and she'd not been awake long or she'd have flagged someone else on the road? Her jacket had leaves and grass and dirt - I don't doubt her story.

    First few minutes was a bit intense - I have no reason to believe I was at the park at the right time to help her and for no other reason but that. God can work me like that anytime he wants to. I'll likely never know how she is, what happened etc .... I doubt I'll ever have a day metal detecting like that again.

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    Sorry Honey, I canít. Iíve got plans with my metal detector.

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    Jeesh....glad you were there, hope it all works out for her....
    I mean, what can we say?.....awful that happened to her
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    well done
    Last edited by kyskinner; Jan 29, 2017 at 06:43 PM.

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    In the right place at the right time...well done, fellow detectorist! Ddf

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    Nice job stepping up. It's a brutal world out there but you made it a bit better with your deed.


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    Wow! Thank you for helping her. I too have a conceal carry and always have a weapon when I go out in the weeds. It's a scary world out there!

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    Well done sir! A TRUE good Samaritan! You also read the situation correctly from the beginning in asking if there was still a threat in the area and in getting her out safely. Fast thinking and good decision making.
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    I wanted to post I guess more than anything to say that anything can happen at anytime, and even knowing that .... I never would have dreamed this situation to happen today or any other.

    I would think most people would have done very similar.
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    Can you dig it.

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    I hope they find the baby. dang. Hats off to you and prayers to the lady.
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    yes! God used you today to do an angels work. its hard to say how she might have ended up without your help. God Bless you Sir.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SultansOfSwing View Post




    I hope they find the baby. dang. Hats off to you and prayers to the lady.
    I also wonder about the baby!?!
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    Thank you Sir for what you did! We all have ladies in our lives that we care about and that could have been one of ours that you helped. Also, thank you for being an armed citizen.
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    Wow thats a crazy story. Glad you were able to help her. So awful for her and hope everything turns out ok. Post an update if you hear!

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    Well done you should be proud.

    Regards + HH

    Bill

 

 
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