Storm produced ice & acts of kindness

You could spot them throughout the area over the last few days -- snow plows clearing the roads of snow and ice. When Kim LaFave got into her car Wednesday evening and headed down Creswell Road in Bel Air, she had no idea she was about to be thrust into service. 
 
"I was driving down 543 to meet my mom with my three kids, and we saw a salt truck pulled over on the side of the road. There were people flagging people by, and my daughter was like, 'Is that a body?' and I said, 'Oh my gosh it is,' and we pulled over."
 
One of the big trucks had struck an 18-year-old girl, and LaFave who is a nursing student at Harford Community College, didn't hesitate in trying to help her.
 
"I just went and I asked if the person was breathing, and the person was breathing and just checked to make sure the pupils were equal and I used what skills I had.  I mean, I didn't have gloves or anything with me, and I checked to make sure... whatever skills that I've learned in school -- that's what I used. I just provided comfort while waiting for the ambulance to get there."
 
The acts of kindness extended to other areas of Harford County as well.
 
While the county opened three warming centers overnight with plans to close them early Thursday, one remained open after people without power from Pennsylvania traveled south across the state line to find shelter.
 
"We do have three families at the Whiteford Fire Company at this time, and we're housing them until they get power restored," said Harford County Emergency Manager Rick Ayers.
 
They are but a handful of gestures that come in times of need... not out of duty, but out of kindness.
 
"People said it was bold or courageous or like heroes," said LaFave, "But a thing like that, if you're called to be in this profession or even to perform CPR, how could you not stop?"
 
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