SURREY â€” Read a story of epic heroism and callous disregard.
The scene opens at Sueâ€™s Bookshelf, in Newton, mid-morning Tuesday.
Storeowner Sue Fawcett is chatting with a long-time customer when the 90-year-old woman, who has a taste for romance novels, quits breathing and keels over.
â€œWe were talking about yarns, knitting,â€ Fawcett recalls.
Fawcett phones 911 and an ambulance is on its way.
Meantime, the elderly woman is passed out and Fawcett has no first aid training.
Nevertheless, with the dispatcherâ€™s coaching, she performs CPR and saves her customerâ€™s life.
Surrey firefighters soon arrive, and paramedics park their ambulance outside the bookstore, at Newton Village.
Enter the alleged villain.
The ambulance is blocking the path of young man whoâ€™s driving a green van. As the story goes, he starts honking at the ambulance. He wants it to get out of his way.
Apparently, he needs a sandwich.
He drives around the ambulance, knocking over some emergency scene cones.
A firefighter motions for the driver to stop, and the vanâ€™s passenger side window clips the firefighterâ€™s hand.
Surrey Mounties detain the driver â€” a 25-year-old Surrey man, who is known to police â€” after finding him nearby and ticket him for failing to yield for an emergency vehicle and failing to remain at the scene of an accident.
â€œI think itâ€™s close to $400,â€ Cpl. Bert Paquet says of his fines. â€œThat is an expensive sandwich.â€
As for the elderly woman, on Tuesday night things werenâ€™t looking so good for her.
But by Wednesday morning, Fawcett hears from the womanâ€™s son, who indicates his mom is on the road to recovery.
â€œThe hospital said that was their miracle patient,â€ Fawcett chimes.
Saving a life, Fawcett says, is a â€œvery good feeling.â€
As for the incident with the young driver, she adds, â€œOh my god, that was insane.â€
Who says bookstores are boring?