Kristin Bello didn’t think her shift would begin quite so early Thursday morning. The Fisher College nurse’s first job of the day was in the middle of I-93.
She and a co-worker were traveling to work in the carpool lane, when up ahead a state trooper stopped and put on his lights. A car going the opposite way had hit the median barrier, which had buckled into their lane.
Bello jumped out of the car.
“When I got out, [the driver] was sitting on the ground hyperventilating, and complaining of a pain in her foot. I did a brief assessment to see if she hit her head, had any injuries. I stayed with her, calmed her down, and checked her foot to make sure nothing was broken,’’ Bello said.
She stayed with the injured woman until another state trooper arrived on the other side of the barrier.
While Bello was busy, her carpool partner, Arghavan Schumacher snapped a picture, which made its way to Fisher College president Dr. Thomas McGovern.
“Kristen is one of the most dependable, loyal and dedicated employees at the College,’’ he said. “Without question, if she is late for work I know there is a good reason. When I saw the photo this morning, my first reaction was there she goes again. That is the type of person she is.’’
This isn’t the first time Bello’s heroics have made the news. Earlier this year when a Red Line train filled with smoke, Bello once again jumped in to help.
“The train had stopped, the power had gone out, you could smell a smoky, burning smell. We were evacuated off our car, but the car behind didn’t open,’’ she said.
Bello said she “managed to get the side door between the cars open, and I helped pulling people through. The car was filling up with smoke. We didn’t know whether it was going to catch on fire.’’
The smoke-filled T turned out to be an electrical malfunction, but at the time, nobody knew what was going on.
“I didn’t know what was going to happen, but I couldn’t just stand there… I would like to think that the healthcare profession in general, if they saw similar circumstances, they’d jump in,’’ she said.
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