On a rainy Monday morning, John Hawley arrived at the American Red Cross office in Commerce around 7:30 a.m. He noticed a man working with power tools and soon established the worker, Ralph, was there on behalf of the property owner. John couldn't help but feel a sense of apprehensive for Ralph, given the less-than-ideal work conditions that day.
20 minutes later someone started rattling the locked front door, calling-out “hello!” which startled everyone in the office, including John's co-workers Amanda Morita and Lydia Hoffman. John went to answer the door, and while he didn't find anyone at the door, he came upon large pools of fresh blood.
Reacting quickly, John asked Lydia to call 911 and for Amanda to grab gloves, a chair, and the first-aid kit. They ran out and found the worker, Ralph, had accidentally cut across the back of his hand near the wrist while operating a circular saw.