Texas Governor Rick Perry was in Orange County yesterday at a Perry for President rally put on by the OCGOP. The outdoor event was under an oppressive sun with no breeze.
Among the speakers was 4th District County Supervisor Shawn Nelson who gave a well received speech to a melting audience. Nelson has a knack for getting crowds fired up. He talked about unions, pensions, sustainable governance, and even echoed Governor Perry's sentiment that Social Security is nothing more than a Ponzi scheme.
On cue, Governor Rick Perry walked into the amphitheater at Roger's Gardens in Corona Del Mar and the crowd roared with "PERRY PERRY PERRY" chants. After settling down, the receptive crowd listened intently as Governor Perry spoke.
Someone from the crowd yelled "HELP" and someone else in the same area of the grandstands yelled something about "medical." I thought it was odd that any hecklers would be there considering the tight control of the tickets into the event. More people began to yell. "WE NEED A DOCTOR!" "HELP, HEAT STROKE!"
That was when Supervisor Shawn Nelson, in his dark business suit, sprinted to the top of the stands. You wouldn't think the former football player could still move so fast but he did. It was like watching a bear charging through the grandstands at a football game! He threw off his coat and used it as a pillow to support the head of an elderly woman who was ill from the brutal heat.
Supervisor Nelson began to assess her vital signs when, as luck would have it, a doctor arrived!
Paramedics were called and the woman was taken to a local hospital.
Nelson said he heard the yelling and also thought it was hecklers. But then it clicked and he realized someone needed help.
Nelson, a Pop Warner coach, has various first aid and emergency medical certificates. He told me he felt he had to help and credits his training.
The un-named elderly woman was expected to make a full recovery. Late yesterday, Nelson said he and Governor Perry were writing get-well notes to her.
It's nice to know our County's leadership isn't just a bunch of hot air!