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Date of story:
Monday, October 17, 2016 - 1:00pm
I was attending the National Safety Council expo a couple weeks ago and I was walking to lunch and saw a gentleman walking with book bags in one hand a big burrito in the other that he had just purchased at a nearby food truck. He looked like he was having trouble balancing everything so I offered to carry something for him. He gracefully declined so I said the least I can do is get the door going into the hotel. After walking in this gentleman set all of his stuff on the floor and said I need to give you something. He took a green wrist band off his wrist and placed it on mine and thanked me for helping him. He stated that he was later teaching a class at the expo that explains the importance of actively caring for people. I looked at the wrist band and read its inscription and then stated to the gentleman that I was intrigued and would like to attend his session. I asked him his name and he said, "Scott Geller". I was blow away as I have read many of his books and I am a firm believer in his safety teachings that apply to my profession. As we went our separate ways I looked again at the wristband and saw that it had the number 246 inscribed on it. I then got that, I can’t believe this feeling, as 246 was my badge number when I was a police officer. I went to Mr. Geller's session later that day and was able to speak to him again and share this with him. I was brought up in a family that stressed caring for your fellow man/woman. I spent many years in the Military and in Law Enforcement where we survive because we care for each other’s life as it was our own. This re-enforced to me that we all should be doing this every day, even if it is something simple. I plan to keep this this going as Scott gave me an additional wristband to pass on since mine was special to me, but after giving it some thought I believe I will pass on 246 someday. Thank you Mr. Geller, Cheers!!