Ambulance Takes Voter To Polls

November 5th, 2010 - 5:31 pm ICT by GD  

By Meena Kar
ambuNov 5, (THAINDIAN NEWS) An 83 year old gentleman from Philadelphia has shown his dedication to the democracy in the nation by reaching the poll booth in an ambulance. Charles Gorby asked the emergency crew, taking him home after a two week hospital stay, to allow him to cast his vote. He voted on his stretcher with his legs protruding out of the voting booth curtain. The emergency crew and the officials at the booth were both pleasantly surprised at the Charles Gorby’s commitment.

Later Charles Gorby told the media that this could have been the first time that was not able to vote. He said that he has not yet missed a single election since he was 21. He also said that he considers voting a responsibility. He told the local daily that voting was the least one can do as a citizen.

Carole Lieblein, a poll watcher at the station where Charles Gorby cast his vote, recalled the incident to the media. She said that she was surprised to find the EMT come up and ask awkwardly that whether the man in the ambulance can be allowed to vote. She also said that everyone wished that they had a camera at that moment and everyone was also impressed by Charles Gorby’s determination to vote.

The retired doctor said that he had not missed a single election since his return from World War II. He said that he imposed upon the ambulance to take him a block beyond to the firehouse where they vote. He explained that he ensured that they had no other immediate commitment. Impressed by Charles Gorby’s determination and also considering that it was just a matter of one block of detour, the ambulance crew agreed readily to the request.

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