On a Friday night, Red Cross volunteers Beth Robinson and her husband Chris were heading home after responding to an apartment fire. They had just spent more than three hours lining up a hotel, food and a nurse to assist the woman who had just lost her home.
“We were kind of spent, we were ready to relax, these situations can be emotional and they can really get to you,” said Beth. But as they approached an intersection on their way home, they suddenly saw something that didn’t seem right.
“There was a lady walking on the side of the street, heading toward the highway,” Beth explained. “She wasn’t on the sidewalk, her gait was strange, it was clear she was confused and cars were swerving around her. It was a dangerous situation.”
Beth and Chris pulled over. They helped the elderly woman to the side of the road. A driver in a passing car said he’d call the police. “We waited with her, she said she knew her address, but we wanted to make sure she’d get home safely.”
In the 22 years Beth has been with the Red Cross, she’s encountered a number of emergency situations. It’s also how she met her husband Chris. “We met on a disaster assignment in New York.” They were married just over a year later at their local Red Cross chapter. Beth is now the Disaster Workforce Administrator at the Snohomish County Chapter of the Red Cross. Chris is a jack-of-all-trades volunteer but primarily works with the Radio Communications and Technology Teams.
“We saw a situation that didn’t seem normal. I’m glad we saw her and glad we stopped,” said Beth. “It was a matter of being at the right place at the right time.”