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Chief Fred Johnson Day: What inspired Bear Share.

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Shreveport City Council, Mayor Cedric Glover, and the  Shreveport Fire Department honored Fred Johnson today at the anniversary of the accident that almost took Amanda Joy Bell Gouthiere 's life over 25 years ago.  Amanda told the story of  how Chief Fred Johnson and Shreveport Fire Department responded to her and her Dad's motorcycle crash. Several things inspired her from that tragic day's events. She explained to her daughter, Julianna, how Johnson gave her a teddy bear to comfort her in that scary situation. In the year since hearing that story, Juliana has collected gently used stuffed animals to donate to BEAR SHARE.  Since last May, BEAR SHARE has donated over 3,200 stuffed animals to local agencies and organizations to share God's love and bring a smile.

Amanda's message to the Shreveport City Council:

25 years ago today. It was sunny and scorching hot, and I was a 13 years old getting to go on a motorcycle ride with my dad, so everything was right with the world. Carefree. Safe. You don’t worry when you’re a child and your parents are driving you. You just feel like it’s all going to be ok. We pulled out of Southfield Apartments onto Southfield Road, past Albertsons, through the intersection of Kings Highway, and then in a flash, nothing was ever going to be the same. We had been hit by a car.

I remember it like it was yesterday. I was lying on the median, on my left side, with my right leg crossed over my left leg. I leaned up to see my leg and tried to comprehend what had happened. I could see straight into my knee: blood, dirt, bone, grass, tissue, everything. My leg hung together only by the piece of skin on the back of my knee, and that was it. Residents on the street came out to check on my dad and I, one even brought me a blanket.

Sirens blared.

And, then, my angel appeared- fireman and paramedic Fred Johnson. “What’s your name, sweetheart?”, he asked me. “Amanda”, I replied. And, he said, it’s all going to be ok."

And, you know what? I believed him. I don’t remember the whole conversation. I know I must’ve been in shock as all I kept thinking about and asking for was an ICEE.

So, what exactly did my angel do? He provided comfort, security, peace, strength, care, AND a stuffed animal. He never allowed me to think I was going to die. He made sure I knew he wasn’t going to leave my side, and he didn’t. He saved my life. He did; without a doubt.

Every day, these men and women dedicate their lives to protecting and caring for us in emergency situations, and each of them deserves our thanks.

Today is the day I get to say thank you to you, Fred.

I am so thankful that God brought you to the scene of our accident on this day 25 years ago, because not only were you my angel that day, you have been my lifelong friend ever since. I hope you know what an impact you made on me. Thank you for following God’s call on your life- and thank you for being there late that night after my first of many surgeries with an ICEE.


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