Corporal Sorolla, Comfort Corp., Nathan Surreal discussed on As It Happens from CBC Radio


We spoke with you as you can hear yourself in that tape, you're raw. When you look back, what, what do those minutes the do spent ones. You talked about that. What do those minutes you spent trying to comfort Corp. nascent Sorolla. What do they mean to you? The mean everything in the sense that it's very rare have an opportunity Jahallah moment of purity a moment where there's no artifice where everything you say in do truly matters, and it matters to somebody other than yourself. And I will, frankly always be thankful. That I was able to do what I did, and I think I. I'm proud of those fifteen minutes. I think I'm proud of my actions. I think that they meant a lot to other people besides myself, and I'm grateful for the meant to the family, corporal Sorolla, don't they? I mean that someone was there with him at that time and speaking to him of which is what you did. You telling him how he was loved, you knew to do the in this moment of purity as you describe it. And what do you think that that you being there and speaking to him like that meant to cripple thrillers family. Well, I guess I should point out that it wasn't just me. There were five other people who went to help corporal sirocco. And I was fortunate in the sense that I was able to come up with some words and to be in a position where I could speak to him. So it wasn't just me who responded. But in terms of the message, I hope that got through Nathan surreal. I think it gave comfort to his family who I know was concerned about his last moments as anybody would be. And when I heard from his family and from others, many, many others who wrote to me either by letter or by Email or who spoke to me. I know that a very clear message was. That that is something the people need to hear when they're in acute distress when they're dying, when they're confused and in pain and. Alone. And how did you know to do that? I didn't know I, I felt it frankly. I do a call an incident where I had had a a concussion and I couldn't see anything and I couldn't move. I couldn't speak, but I could hear everything. And I guess that memory came to the fore somehow. I don't remember remembering that, but I think I knew that you can still hear. So when you can't speak, you feel very powerless. And so I think somehow just understood what it would be like to be in that situation and try to provide comfort. People who heard you that day. That interview. We were just swamped with the numbers of people who contacted us to say what that interview -ment to them and that you were there at the center, tough with others, of course, but that you were there with a men who was dying and you a complete stranger. You would just be in that moment. Appearance is you call it, and I just want to know when you when you hear yourself. I know how others respond to when you hear your voice in that interview. What those words mean to you? What would you hear when you hear yourself? I hear the truth here. How accurate. That was, I hear my own emotions. I can relive the moment when I listened to it and I hope I hear a message. That has meaning for other people, and that will be remembered. But you could have been saying, we're going to get that guy. We're going to police are after him, he's toasty. You could have been saying all kinds of things of that nature, but you didn't you something inside of you was coming out at them, and I just wonder if you when you hear it, I what it must be like to hear that. I can't imagine it's true. We could have said a number of things, or I could have said a number of things. But what I remember is that there was initially people fled the scene, so there was a great deal of quiet actually. Initially, it was very, very quiet. People had left or hid or run away, you know, and then the mass of people, you know, ten fifteen minutes later who were watching and taking pictures. They had not yet arrived. So initially it was quite quiet, but slowly..

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