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As General Manager for Sierra Motors, I get a lot of phone calls. It can be customers, vendors, employees, people from GM, advertisers, friends, family or many others. When this caller identified themselves as Sonora Regional Medical Center, they had my full attention.



“We have William here in the emergency room” I was told. “Yes” was my response, but I drew a blank. “Do you know William?” I tried to think of all of the possibilities. She continued, “We need to have a responsible party, before we can treat William”.


We had had thirty guest at our home over the Fourth of July. Before going to work that morning, I accomplished two things; I burnt a CD for every vehicle that was departing. It just fit on an 80-minute disc and contains songs of significance from the weekend. My son Ryan sang a heartfelt and very moving cover of Hurt for his friends. The songs are:


Elton John – Benny and the Jets

Johnny Cash – Hurt

Blink 182 – I Guess This Is Growing Up

Jack Johnson – Better Together

The Who – Reign On Me

Silversun Pickups – Kissing Families

Terry Reid – Faith to Arise

Movie Quotes – Big Lebowski – World of pain

David Bowie – Space Oddity

The Fray – Over My Head

The Honorary Title – Petals

Imogene Heap – Hide and Seek

Mazy Star – Fade Into You

Minus the Bear – I’m Totally Not Down With Rob’s

Oasis – Wonderwall (acoustic version)

Rise Against – Dancing For Rain

Verve Pipe – Freshman

Elton John – Tiny Dancer

Green Day – Time of Your Life


I also made sure everyone had my business card. I have all of my contact information on there. 

My work number – 209.984.5272

My fax number – 209.984.1066

My personal cell number – 209.568.6526

My E-mail –


I am probably the only General Manager in the world that does this. I make myself available to friends, family, employees and customers. I have no reason to hide. I wanted everyone that was leaving our house to be able to contact me, should they want or need to. I just couldn’t think of someone named William.


Everyone that was at our house has my card. The Hospital representative asks, “ Do you know William: He was riding a motorcycle”? And then added, “your son’s friend”. “Willie” I said as I remembered our long time friend. I had never heard him called William in the nine years that we had known him. “I’ll be right there,” I said.


I called my wife and told her what had happened to Willie. I told her that I was on my way. Dana said that she and our son Ryan would head directly down the hill and meet us at the Hospital.


When I saw Willie he was on a gurney in the hallway. He had a cervical collar on. Across his broad shoulders, in the shape of a large Butterfly, was some sweet road rash. The back of both arms, both wrist and the palm of each hand quite a few layers of skin missing. They did an Ultrasound to confirm that there wasn’t any internal bleeding.



A collage of factors came into play. Willie made sure that he grabbed one of the Cd’s from the house. He picked a business card at the same time. He decided that it was too hot to wear all of his protective gear. All of the road rash could have been prevented if he had been wearing all of his body armor. Willie did not carry a cell phone. The bag that he normally carried on the back of his bike was overstuffed with his protective clothing. The overstuffed bag broke loose. On the very busy Highway 108, near the Yosemite turn off, the bag lodged in the rear wheel. The rear wheel locked up and Willie started sliding into oncoming traffic.


Willie described the clarity that he had in the moment before impact with the pavement. He threw the bike to the other side and made a leap to the relative safety of the dirt shoulder. He didn’t quite make the Superman style flight and landed on the pavement. After a bounce and a couple of rolls, Willie made it to the shoulder. His protective clothing is what lodged in the rear wheel. The only information Willie was carrying was a business card.


Dana and Ryan took Willie back to our house. My wife became Willies nurse and changed his dressings, as needed for the next couple of days. We took a truck over to the tow yard and brought his bike to our house. When Willie was ready, he rented a truck and drove back to Grover Beach. We never felt put out and were glad that we could be there to help one of our friends.


We received a thank you card from Willies Grandmother. She is that person in Willies life that is always there. What it said moved us.


On the cover is a picture of five Angels. It reads: I always suspected… And on the inside: You were an Angel in disguise. You were there for me when I needed you most. Thanks. It also had a scripture.

5 Angels


Praise the Lord, all his heavenly hosts, you his servants who do his will. Psalm 103:21 (NIV)

She thanked us for the special kindness that we had shown Willie and signed it: with a grateful heart, Willie’s Grandma.


Having someone consider our behavior as modeling Gods love is quite a complement. I think that thru friends and family is one of the great ways that God shows his limitless love for us.


The card ended with “I’m praying for God to bless you as you’ve been a blessing to Willie and me.


We are blessed.




July 20, 2009 Posted by | eric prothro, medical center, road rash, sierra motors, sonora | , , , , | 1 Comment

Observing the Country’s Birthday

My birthday is July 5th, my Daughters is July 7th. In keeping with the long-standing tradition of observing the Country’s birthday along with celebrating ours. So we are expecting “all of the usual suspects”, to just show up. We are here, in the foothills, just above Sonora, California. Drop on in!


We also expect 20 to 40 of Erica’s friends to be at our home. Our home is always open to our friends. We are fortunate enough to be in a large house on three acres that are heavily wooded with Oak, Cedar and Pine trees. Sleep among the trees, I guess. There are animals out here, especially at night.


We anticipate plenty of laughter and tears. It will be joyous to hug people that are precious to us. I will be with family, friends and loved ones over the 4th. I hope that you are too. Enjoying the days that we have under the Sun.




July 3, 2009 Posted by | birthday, daughter, eric prothro, july 4th, sonora | , , , | Leave a comment