Texas Park Ranger Pushed Into Lake While Breaking Up Crowds
A man was arrested after pushing a Texas Park Ranger into the lake after the ranger was dispersing the crowd, requesting that they stand six feet apart.
Video shared online shows the ranger standing on the dock along Lake Austin and speaking to a group of gatherers. According to the affidavit, the group was illegally drinking and smoking around 5 p.m. at Commons Ford Metropolitan Park.
Austin police officer Justin Berry, who arrested the man alleged aggressor, said applauded the ranger for doing his job and said authorities simply want people to “be respectful and mindful” while in public.
“Everyone’s been going to the parks, so the parks have been completely overcrowded,” he added.
Watch the video below:
austin texas everybody 😬 pic.twitter.com/MXTzvtexeN
— julia (@lost808s) May 1, 2020
Brandon Hicks, 25, was charged with attempted assault on a public servant. Hicks was in jail Friday with bail set at $7,500, according to online county records.
this really sends me for so many reasons but I initially assumed this person was a kid but no, he’s 25 years old. He knows better and I hope the judge hammers him.
— null.mel (@NullMel) May 1, 2020
The state of Texas will do a soft reopening on businesses started its reopening Friday, May 1. Gov. Greg Abbott says phase one will continue at least until May 18.
As of right now, all retail stores, malls, restaurants, movie theaters, libraries and museums can open but they must limit customers to 25% of their listed occupancy.
Texas and Georgia aren’t the only states who are ready to get back to “normal.”
E.R. Doctor Commits Suicide. “She tried to do her job, and it killed her!”
Who’s the rock for the rock? That’s a question I asked on my radio show last week. Those who are strong for us also need help and no one needs it more than our health care workers.
Over the last 6 weeks, hospitals and healthcare workers have been overwhelmed with death. And although they are trained to deal with illness and losing patients, there’s nothing that could have prepared Dr. Lorna M. Breen for the devastation that would come with the coronavirus.
Dr. Breen was an emergency room doctor at a Manhattan hospital that treated many coronavirus patients. She died by suicide on Sunday, her father and the police said.
She died in Charlottesville, Va., where she was staying with family, her father said in an interview. Tyler Hawn, a spokesman for the Charlottesville Police Department, said in an email that officers on Sunday responded to a call seeking medical assistance.
“The victim was taken to U.V.A. Hospital for treatment, but later succumbed to self-inflicted injuries,” Mr. Hawn said. “She tried to do her job, and it killed her,” he said. Dr. Breen’s father said his daughter had contracted the coronavirus but had gone back to work after a little over a week. The hospital sent her home again, and that’s when her family got involved and decided to bring her to Charlottesville.
Dr. Breen, who was 49, did not have a history of mental illness, her father said. But he did say she appeared to be detached, in his words. “She was truly in the trenches of the front line,” he said.
He also wanted everyone to know she loved her job and was committed to helping people. “Make sure she’s praised as a hero, because she was. She’s a casualty just as much as anyone else who has died.” He said.
This story is a warning to all of us to make sure we care for those who care for all of us. Yes, they are doctors and nurses who deal with illness and death as an occupation, but they’re human. And to add to their trauma the coronavirus put healthcare workers in an even more difficult situation than usual.
Nurses and doctors are used to being able to comfort their patients in their time of need. The coronavirus made it impossible to have skin to skin contact or for the patient’s families to be present during their transition.
Families and health care professionals need closure too and not being able to touch and comfort so many dying people can cause unimaginable pain, guilt, and anxiety.
Even the strongest and most experienced doctors can slip into a deep depression and worse. Let’s make sure we look out for them the way they’ve looked out for us.
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