Sunday, July 10, 2005

British Heroines

British women behaved splendidly and suffered terribly.

Note: Brits refer to young women as "girls" - it's not considered demeaning.

Women
restored calm.

"Suddenly, the carriage went dark and everyone was panicking and screaming. The girls in the carriage took charge. They calmed everyone down. There was dust, smoke. I knew immediately it was a bomb."

They
prayed.

"Someone smashed the windows and outside I could see people covered in cuts stumbling about. There was a man in a suit staggering along the track, clutching his head. Every-where there was the sound of glass smashing. There was a girl kneeling in prayer. Eliot took her hand."

They set up a
field hospital.

At around 10.30am, back at Edgware Road, Danielle Harris, the manager of the local Marks & Spencer, was helping the injured who were staggering into the store.

When the emergency services arrived, Harris helped them to set up a triage. Clothing rails were pushed aside to make way for the wounded and shopping trolleys, piled with medical supplies, were wheeled in. Plugs were yanked out of sockets to accommodate monitoring systems.

Many of the staff who were trained first-aiders tore clothes from the shelves to wrap the wounded and cover those shivering with shock.

They
suffered with courage..

As Sgt Betts moved further forward, he saw a girl lying on her back. "Almost all her limbs were gone and she had a horrendous burn mark on her face. I thought she was dead. I was about to walk on, in search of injured, when she opened her eyes and said: 'Help me.' "