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Manchester crash draws several Good Samaritans

By KEVIN LANDRIGAN
New Hampshire Union Leader

January 02. 2018 9:28PM




MANCHESTER — It was New Year’s Eve morning when two cars headed south on Interstate 93 collided just north of the interstate’s split with Route 101 East.

Registered nurse Jen Sharrock of Manchester was coming back from work at a Concord health care facility.

“I was just the first one behind the accident. When I pulled over, I didn’t know what I would find,” Sharrock recalled.

“Thankfully, both drivers were OK. I stopped to help a young girl in her early 20s visibly shaking, crying and in shock on the side of the road.

 “I simply said, ‘I’m a nurse. Have you called 911? Please stay warm in my car.’ I gave her a blanket once she got in the front seat.”


Suddenly, Sharrock saw two women in their 20s each pull over their cars, get out and separately sprint to her car to offer comfort.

The two were nurses just getting off the night shift at Catholic Medical Center.

“We all know each other. I left CMC last May after 11 years working there and I know both of them,” Sharrock said.

“What was amazing is none of us knew we had separately responded to this accident. It was only when all four of us were in my car that I recognized them and they recognized me.”

She added: “It was surreal that we were all together in my car helping this girl. We did our best to help her understand in her state of shock that her totaled car didn’t matter.”

And then a fourth Good Samaritan showed up — a paramedic who decided to stop after he had finished his work shift and was heading home.

Sharrock looked behind her and saw the trail of cars belonging to those who had stopped rather than just safely sped by.

She later decided to go to Facebook to tell the story.

“I try to practice gratitude every day but today I am truly blessed to start 2018 knowing that I’m part of a profession and part of a community that runs toward strangers to help when needed,” she wrote.





“In this day and age, there is so much division in the country,” Sharrock summed up. “It was one of those moments when people just react and it tells me 2018 is already better than all of 2017 was.”

klandrigan@unionleader.com


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