After taking a spill on the concrete steps outside her Barclay Street home, 81-year-old Doris Moore knew she was in bad shape.
The 81-year-old Craig woman had suffered a broken kneecap and a broken arm. She was bleeding, cold and scared. She needed a hero.
She found one in Nick Glispy, a 12-year-old stranger who happened upon the immobile octogenarian as he walked home from a friend's house.
When Craig Police Officer Jeffrey Carlson was dispatched to the scene, he found Moore with her rescuer. Glispy had called 911 and waited with Moore until police arrived. He stayed until she was loaded on the ambulance.
"He was kind of quiet, but he stuck around," Carlson said. "He was wanting to make sure she got help."
Glispy had been at a friend's house playing video games on a spring break afternoon, March 16. As he walked home, someone called out to him.
"I heard somebody ask if I could call 911," Glispy said.
He saw Doris Moore sitting on her steps. Her pant leg was bloody around the knee.
Glispy said he was afraid because the woman looked hurt and he didn't know what happened to her.
Moore was afraid, too. She knew her knee was badly injured. She later told the doctor she "broke her kneecap all to heck," which doctors confirmed.
She also broke her arm in two places.
She went out to get the mail and planned to go back inside and watch "Dr. Phil." She tripped on the stairs, and broke her arm trying to catch herself. Her knee slammed against a step. She rolled over to a sitting position and waited. She was beginning to get cold, sitting on the concrete without a jacket.
She tried to flag down several cars, but Moore said the drivers might have thought she was just waving hello, although that's hard for her to believe. She's not sure the drivers even saw her, but it should have seemed strange to see an old woman sitting on the concrete on a breezy afternoon waving frantically, she said.
"I waved at several cars," Moore said. "Probably half a dozen or more."
Moore thought maybe she'd just wait until children came walking by on the way home from school. But then she remembered it was spring break.
"I began to wonder what I was going to do," Moore said.
That's when Glispy came meandering down the road, Moore said. She'd been sitting on her steps for the better part of an hour before Glispy came walking by.
"I was so very grateful to see him," Moore said.
She asked him, "Honey can you help me?"
Glispy went in her house and called 911. He told dispatchers where Moore lived and what he thought had happened to her.
"I went outside and told her the ambulance was coming," Glispy said
"I guess he got the right address because they came right away," Moore said.
Moore underwent surgery to wire her kneecap back together. Her arm is bruised and sore, with two fractures. She's recovering at TMH, where she'll probably spend 20 days in transition care. Then, she'll go to Eckert to stay with her daughter, Patricia Wingfield.
Moore is practicing her mobility with a walker that has a cradle for her broken arm. While laid up in the hospital she has a lot of time to think. She said she thinks about Nick Glispy and how he came to her aid when she was injured and helpless.
"We sent him a thank-you card and some money and told him how much we appreciated him," said Janice Moore, Doris Moore's daughter-in-law. Doris Moore said she hopes Glispy's parents know how grateful she is.
Jeremy Browning can be reached at 824-7031 or firstname.lastname@example.org