At 71, Beryl Good had never ridden in an ambulance before, but she still wanted to make sure there were enough emergency vehicles to serve her growing community. After winning a raffle through St. John, a medical charity in New Zealand, she and her husband Doug donated an ambulance to their north Auckland neighborhood in November 2016.
They named it “Dobegoo,” a combination of their first and last names.
About three months later, Good slipped on her front porch, split her chin, and broke her radius bone.
The ambulance that came to pick her up was none other than Dobegoo.
Good was surprised to see that it already had almost 20,000 miles on it, but glad to see that it was being put to good use. And because she wasn’t seriously injured, she was even a little bit excited to take her first-ever ride in an ambulance.
“I looked upon it as an adventure, really,” she told INSIDER.
“It wasn’t really funny, but better to laugh than cry,” she said.
Good is grateful to all of the volunteers who give their time to St. John – especially the ones who drove Dobegoo when she needed it.
“The two girls who took me up to the hospital – one sat in the back and one driving – were super,” she said.
Good is recovering well.
She recently graduated from a cast to a splint, and remains an active member of her community. Stuff, a New Zealand news outlet, reports that Dobegoo continues to rack up about 6,200 miles per month, ensuring that other people in distress get the medical attention they need.
“It’s wonderful to share the blessings that we’ve had over the years,” she said.