Sunday, April 28, 2013

Only in LA: Mayoral Candidate Eric Garcetti Rescues Bleeding, Semi-Conscious Pedestrian (UPDATED)

So evidently, when LA Mayoral candidate Eric Garcetti isn't running around trying to get elected, he's rescuing semi-conscious pedestrians with bleeding head wounds. 

As seen on Facebook,  Silverlake resident, Chris Cruse, posted about his encounter last night with Garcetti. 

Eric Garcetti, earlier in the evening at a West Hollywood fundraiser
The nicest thing just happened.

I walked down my street to pick up some food, and came across a young guy laying on the sidewalk. His friend was yelling at him, slapping his face to wake up. The guy on the ground had a big gash and was bleeding out of his head. Not moving. I asked his friend if he was ok, but it was clear he needed help.

Right then, a black car pulled up on Silver Lake Blvd and a handsome businessman-looking guy rolled down the window. Asked if everything was ok. I told him this guy hit his head real bad. The car pulled over and 2 guys got out. They seemed to know exactly what to do. One brought a shirt and rolled it up and stuck it under the guy's head. Asked a bunch of questions. The other called the paramedics. The friend was worried that they'd be in trouble, and asked us to just leave them there. The handsome one said they work for the city, they can't just leave someone hurt on the ground. He hit his head, he needs to be checked out. The friend nodded ok.

Once the paramedics got there, they got the kid up and on a stretcher and into the ambulance. Seemed like he was in good hands. I was in awe that these two guys came in and handled this whole situation so quickly and solidly. As they headed back to the car, I stopped them and asked, "You said you work for the city, what's your name?" I wanted to know what city employee was being a civil servant and Good Samaritan even on a Saturday night. The guy shook my hand and said, "Eric Garcetti."

No joke.

Garcetti's campaign is confirming this morning that the incident took place pretty much as Cruse describes it.

In a brief email conversation I had with Cruse about his post, he added a few more details.

The guys were a little drunk, and apparently (the victim) tripped. The gash was on the front of his head / forehead and it was gnarly. The firemen took him away in a stretcher with a neck brace, but said they were just taking precautions. They thought he would be ok. Going to check for concussion, etc. 
I guess I was just touched that (Garcetti) helped, and I wouldn't have known it was him unless I had asked. I told everyone at Gingergrass, where I was walking to pick up food when this all happened, they were like "whoa"

LA Streetsblog picked up on another aspect of the story we missed. Garcetti didn't tell anyone about the incident afterwards, not even his own campaign staff. They found out the same way we did, when Cruse wrote about the incident on his Facebook wall.

This isn’t just a nice story, to Garcetti’s credit he didn’t try to take advantage of the situation for campaign purposes. Cruse is no politico, and the Garcetti team didn’t seem to know what I was talking about at first, before confirming the event did happen.

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