A little before 8am this morning, Ralph Northam was heading for work. As he headed down Granby Street, near Norfolk Collegiate, he witnessed an accident. A father was walking his son across the street, taking him to school. There was a lady pulling out, heading south on Granby Street. Apparently, she was looking towards Wards Corner and never saw Richard White and his son, Frankie, in the crosswalk. She struck the boy, flipping him up in the air, and he landed on the pavement.
Northam, a pediatric neurologist, jumped out of his vehicle, called the Rescue Squad and proceeded to help the boy. He examined him, checking his neck and so forth, and loaded him into the ambulance when it arrived shortly thereafter. The boy was taken to Norfolk General for further examination and he is apparently doing well, with no broken bones, according to a report from them that Dr. Northam received.
Other witnesses to the accident were out there as well. One of them had turned off his car and when he went to leave, the car wouldn’t start. Dr. Northam retrieved his jumper cables and started the man’s car!
Twice in one morning, Dr. Northam exhibited his commitment to our community, not as a contrived photo op but simply as a contributing member of our society. You may or may not read this story in the local news. You probably won’t see it in any mail you receive. But this speaks to the character of the man, one willing to use his skills to help others.
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