DIEHARD DISPATCHER

By: Ely Lagajino

So he answered and said, “‘you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart,  with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind,’ and ‘your neighbor as yourself.’ ” Luke 10:27 (NKJV)

​During my last day as a tricycle driver, I hurried to the operator’s garage at 4:00 P.M. to thank him for the job. By Sunday, I would return to the university

As I passed by the Public Utility Jeepney (PUJ) terminal a group of distressed men stopped me. I told them that I was no longer picking up passengers. But the men insisted, 

​“Emergency!” they asserted as two more men arrived carrying a bloody individual. They went straight to my side car and pushed him in. Maybe, they thought my trike could serve asambulance because of its white and green design. But after pushing the man inside, they all ran away, leaving the unconscious individual in my sidecar.

 I recognized the stranger as the terminal dispatcher, but we did not really know each other personally. The smell of alcohol filled the air, and I suspected that he figured in a fight with a jeepney driver.

 “What should I do? If I hesitated, the dispatcher might die. If he dies in the tricycle, surely I will be jailed. Worse, the hospital is about four kilometers away. Forget all about those, I just want to save his life, I thought.” So, I drove as fast as I could on the highway.

​The hospital outside the city was newly built, with an elevated road entrance under construction. Loose gravel made it difficult for my tricycle to move upward no matter how many times I tried. In the middle of those hopeless situations, I prayed for God’s mercy and intervention. Then, suddenly when I tried again, the tricycle quickly moved upward.

When I looked into my sidecar to check on the unconscious dispatcher, it was empty.  My eyes grew wide finding my passenger awake behind the sidecar, pushing my tricycle upward into the hospital’s emergency entrance.

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