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Ashley Peterson, Fargo, Published October 24 2013

Letter: Strangers helped in traffic situation

I’d like to share an expression of community action I witnessed. I was driving home eastbound on 19th Avenue North around 5:15 p.m. on Oct. 22 near Elm Street, when traffic came to a standstill in both directions.

As multiple cars ahead of me failed to move, I became annoyed. Then I noticed a woman walking into traffic. She weaved through brake lights as I realized she was trying to corral an agitated dog toward its apparent harried owner, who was on the other side of the street.

As other commuters realized what was going on, people got out of their cars to help. Soon the dog was in its owner’s arms, and everyone smiled and waved in mutual relief and congratulations. As traffic progressed again, I saw the owner carrying the dog back to a car where a scared-looking child was anxiously watching the ordeal unfold.

I’d like to thank the people who took the time to help in this situation, and who, like me, felt the warmth of human compassion played out by strangers.