Watching the news can be rather depressing these days. There are so many sad, heart-wrenching, and downright disturbing events related in the news. While you likely don’t require an example to understand exactly what I am talking about, I feel it important that I share the particular story that led me to write this blog this week.
It was another case of hit and run, right here in the heart of St. Petersburg. A driver of a pick-up truck left two people badly injured when he took off in an attempt to avoid taking responsibility for his actions. The cyclists who were flung from their bikes when the truck rammed into them were both sent to the hospital for treatment. The pair were riding for a purpose. It was a charity event, intended to provide assistance to suffering veterans. They had just rounded one of the bends in the course when the truck came hurdling at them from behind. The first rider, a female, was tossed violently from her bike. She suffered a broken wrist and fractured vertebrae as a result of the impact. The second cyclist, a male, was treated for broken ribs and fractures to the shoulder blade.
While, as a personal injury attorney, I can help people, like the victims in this story, collect damages to cover the costs associated with their losses, it is always better to hear good and uplifting news. For that reason, I was very pleased to see another story that followed that of the hit-and-run bike accident.
It is apparent that I am not the only Saint Petersburg resident who wants to see more positivity within our city. The local police force is doing what they can to help out – not just by taking criminals off the street, but also by rewarding those who are showcasing positivity and doing good deeds for others. The need for uplifting news stories has led to the Park, Walk, and Cheer program, which allows police officers to give something back to those who have done good in the city. The gift? Tampa Bay Rays tickets.
The four-ticket packages come in the form of a baseball card bearing a photo of Chris Archer. The 26-year-old pitcher has been with the team since 2012 and continues to lead the team to many wins. The card, presented at the stadium, is good for four tickets to any season game (except a handful of black-out dates). With the length of the baseball season, there are certainly a lot of games to choose from, and if preseason is any indication, there is a good chance that the team will enjoy a successful year.
The Park, Walk, and Cheer program has been derived from the Park, Walk, and Talk program, which was an effort to get police interacting with citizens. The officers are required to spend at least one hour per week strolling the streets of their districts in an effort to improve community relations.
Overall, the goal is to shine a more positive light on local police forces, but also to give back to those who are doing some good for their communities. Perhaps this effort will pay off for all of us, and we will begin to see more of the uplifting news stories that are so needed.