The students are still sitting on the university lecture hall, the tailor working in the daytime by the cloth, or the driver of a rental car ...
When night falls, people rushing back home after a hard working day, this group of young people runs on the streets of Ho Chi Minh City to help those who are damaged car damage or meet. accident in the middle of the night is absolutely free.
They are members of the Free Traffic South Assistance Patrol, or SOS South.
Nearly midnight at 9-12, driving a delicious car home after a late night shift, suddenly Vo Trung Tin's car sprayed tires. The wheel is stuck on the road. Looking over, Tin knows his car has rolled nails. Tin, 20, from Tra Vinh, went to Saigon to be a worker.
Saigon cold night, Ha Huy Giap Street (Thanh Loc Ward, District 12) at this time also started to sparse people passing by. The bright yellow light of the young man slowly led the car to the curb.
The house is only more than a kilometer away, probably only a few minutes to drive home but now the car is broken, how come. Then suddenly remembered, Tin picked up the phone and dialed SOS South's numbers for help.
“My car got hit by a nail. My house was at the crossroads of Nga Tu Ga and was pinned under the bridge. Going to the segment, the bread completely collapsed. The first time I had a cake that night, I was worried. Money was a problem, but that night I couldn't find a car repairing place.
Remember, you know and save the number one friend in the team should call. Wait for about 10 minutes, then you come. So happy. The little you fix is finished. I thought I had to push the car home, but I don't know what to do. ”- Tin laughed.
Fate came to the team from there. On the night of 19 and 20-12, a young man unexpectedly sent thanks and asked to join SOS South. The boy was Vu Trung Tin, a worker who was helped by the crew members to fix the car 10 days earlier.
Talking about it, it turned out that many members of the team also came from the predestined "I had a broken car" that knew SOS South, got help, and asked to join the team until now. "Anyone who unfortunately gets involved in a car and gets into an accident last night understands how miserable it is" - Mr. Hoang Anh, one of the three co-founders of SOS Directions, told the story.
The accident more than a year ago he still remembers, is what motivated him and two friends to found this team.
“I was also a victim in the night but there was no support from the people. It happened in September 2018, when I came home from work at night. It was around 2 am, I drove on Highway 13 when suddenly a dog and a cat were walking on the street at night. Because the road was empty and I was running fast, I could not handle it, hit the cat, hit my head on the road, and all my limbs were scratched.
I lay there, my head still aware, but my legs were still moving, there was nothing I could do. Lying for about 30 minutes, the militia patrol took me to the hospital. I asked myself: What would it be like if myself and my loved ones were like this without help? SOS Directions South was born with the hope that no one will fall into the same story as me ”- Mr. Hoang Anh mused.
“We often support the people to replace the car's intestine, patch the car, some cars lost their keys, we supported the car to the electricity so that people could run back. With traffic accident incidents, we support the victims to initially handle and then take them to the hospital. As in SOS South direction in district 12, there are two students who specialize in nursing. The work is just that ”- Hoang Anh is brief.
It sounds simple but it must directly follow the members to absorb the hard work as well as the minds of people who "like to worry about things".
Nearly 21:00, we showed up at a roadside toad in front of District 12 Emergency Center to start the night following the Southern SOS group to help people. In the early days of December, the weather in Saigon was cold, even though the coat was pulled up to the neck but the wind was still chilling in the cold.
"It's cold, bro" - I almost rubbed, rubbed my hands together to feel cold and started talking to a member who came early. "This is warm now, before the previous trip to wear a jacket, but nowhere to be needed, running away is very warm, hot, huh" - he smiled.
He is Nguyen Ho Viet Thang (25 years old), currently a driver. During the day, he runs a small truck to rent a rental car, whoever hires what he transports, as long as it is not prohibited goods, smoothly, it will take about 16 hours to finish his job. Back to eat, rest until the evening he ran out here with his brothers.
“I joined the team around 8-9 months ago. Sleeping early also could not sleep, normally it was only 23 o'clock at night for sleeping, it was even more helpful. But there are also many accident days, many car damage, 2-3 am to return. The car repair shop is about 20 hours closed, it is very late, 21 hours. Many people go to work late at night, walking 5-7 kilometers where there is no car repair shop.
Then the pupils and students did not have money, only VND 15,000-20,000 for patching during the day, VND 80,000-90,000 for replacement of intestine but at night, they were sometimes "hacked", and the intestinal patch was cut to VND 200,000. One night I just patched the tires, pumped the tires, changed the tires ... I slept better, ate better, too. It's not fun ”- said Mr. Thang.
After the meeting, the radio and the necessary equipment, the group set out. Running normally, suddenly the team members sped up. Talking to someone who has just telegraphed needs help.
At 23:00, Mr. Tran Van Loc went from Binh Duong to District 12, when he reached Le Van Khuong, the motorbike stopped and had to push for more than 30 minutes to Highway 1A to meet his friends. After checking, in addition to the ability of the team, the support members embarked on his car to go home near An Suong market so that he could bring it to the repair shop tomorrow.
“Your support makes me very happy. Good night to meet you, but I don't know what to do. Pushing like this, tomorrow morning will definitely not go to work ”- Mr. Loc said.
At 0 am, Mr. Pham Van Khoat (living in Tan Binh district, motorbike taxi driver) is in a huddle with his guests on the National Highway 1A passing the Cultural House of District 12. Seeing that, the team comes down to help, after checking Investigating, knowing that his car had to be ironed, he quickly patched him.
“I was able to meet the SOS group but the car broke down in the middle of the night. The repair shop was closed while I was carrying passengers, I don't know how to do that. and help more people ”, said Mr. Khoat.
Having just patched the car for a technology driver, Mr. Chau Thanh received a call for help from a group of friends Pham Nguyen The Nhat whose car had a nail on the National Highway 1A. 5 minutes later the team was present.
Nhat said he and his friend were riding a motorbike from Go Vap district to their home in Nga Tu Ga. When they came to Highway 1A, the car rolled nails and could not move on. Nhat called an acquaintance named Nghia to run to support but near to where Nghia's car was also hit by a nail. Team members quickly checked the two motorbikes and split the support so you could go home early…
The story that reminds us forever in the night of 19-12 is about 23 o'clock, at Highway 1A (District 12), a man who was going from Thu Duc to District 12 when he fell down.
A few people passed but no one stopped until the members of the team arrived. The two female nurses quickly assisted with wound washing and temporary dressing to bring the person to the nearest hospital. However, because of being drunk, he was annoyed and definitely did not allow the support team to take him to the hospital. The members then had to follow this person home.
Mr. Hoang Anh said that currently SOS South has three teams. Usually one night, on average, the team will handle 4-5 cases of car damage, 1-2 cases of accidents, also no nights. Accidents are often concentrated in SOS Group South of District 12.
Nguyen Dang Kim Ngan (23 years old, a third year student majoring in nursing, Vien Dong College) has joined the team for two months now. I had directly handled three traffic accidents, two were caused by drunk driving. In some cases, the victim crashed into the eel, seriously injured. The second case is lighter, also caused by drinking alcohol but falls on his own, also has a collarbone fracture.
“The first time I sat behind the car, driving at a speed of 50-60 km / h, I was so shaken, I got off the car and my feet were chattering. But when the uncles and aunties lie there, I am not tired. Usually I have to see my head first, then my arms and legs. We often use first aid bandages for the uncles and then take them to the hospital ”- Ngan said.
"But when the drunks control the words, they even have a harsh case with the team:" Eat, why don't you come to do this naturally? "" - another member continued.
There are many sorrowful stories, people would rather walk but insist on not accepting help. “Young people when we see an accident in the accident, we feel secure thanks to the support. However, some of my older uncles did not know much about the team, so when we approached, the uncle refused to talk even though he explained a lot.
At this time, I had to wait until the security guard and the police bot along the way, I told my uncle: “Now we stand here and then I fix the car here for my uncle. At that time, my uncle and I would accept it ”. But not always smoothly, go all the time without seeing any key, her uncle insisted on pushing, force majeure the team members will quietly follow, to a crowded place, to offer support "- he Hoang Anh tells stories. Until now, the color of SOS Nam shirt has become more familiar to many people in District 12, so the support work of the team is also easier.
Speaking of which, the story of a special victim that every time, Hoang Anh and his team members still remember.
She is a professional selling soft drinks on Pham The Hien street (District 8). That meal was more than 23 hours ago, in mid-2019, I went home, the spark plug was broken, I could run away. Seeing the young men come to help repair the car, she was shocked.
Seeing them so gentle, also wearing this and that uniform but the other night, my daughter, every crime is far away, she clicked her tongue to accept help. Taking the car to the team member for repair, her hand tightened on her baga, afraid the young men would run away. After fixing, she went straight. The members also go home.
The idea is done, who was hesitant the next day a strange phone number to call the thank you hotline. “It turned out that you had broken the spark plug last night. I was so scared last night, I forgot to thank you guys.
However, since then, she has sent dozens of cups of smoothies to the team every 1-2 weeks. If you do not accept, please read the Grab book sent to receive. Later I will say only new. Sometimes, just a few bottles of mineral water from relatives love to buy for them but people are very touched ”- Mr. Hoang Anh smiled and shared…
You used to love the movie The Avengers, the film is about superheroes that have joined forces to protect the Earth from the destruction of evil forces. You used to fall in love with Ironman, Thunder God Thor ... with miraculous supernatural powers. But those are heroes on the screen.
In real life, there are many real life with real action. They all cleared the night to protect the peace of the city people, they lived their best in the matches to bring Vietnam's name on the map of five continents, they quietly in the night to help the unfortunate lives meet difficulties and tribulations: broken cars, accidents along the way such as SOS South, etc. They also deserve to be called heroes.
At 2 am, the streets in Ho Chi Minh City have become completely deserted, now is the time for these young people to finish their night shift. Despite the difficulties and hardships, the smile still exists, because today they patched and helped a few more cars, replacing broken spark plugs ... for those people who were unfortunate in the night.
Ho Chi Minh City - The city of love is more beautiful every day by such people.
Perform: Truong Giang - Nguyen Tra (content, photos & videos) - Hoang Quyen (graphic)
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