Good Shepherd stabbing victim leaves loving legacy of nurturing
POSTED: Wednesday, November 27, 2013 - 12:00pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, November 27, 2013 - 4:50pm
Longview, TX — Gail Sandidge never had a doubt she wanted to be a nurse.
The 1974 Henderson ISD valedictorian, who put herself through school at Baylor University before beginning work for Good Shepherd Health System, was a caregiver to her very core, friends and family said.
“She was not like a chief nursing officer; she didn’t want to be at the very top because she didn’t want to give up the care-giving. She wanted to be a nurse ever since she was 7 years of age,” said Debbie Pritchett, Sandidge’s younger sister.
Police say Sandidge was fatally stabbed Tuesday inside Good Shepherd’s Ambulatory Surgical Center by the son of a patient.
“A seamstress, a Sunday school teacher of 2-year-olds ... a mother, a grandmother, a healer, a trainer, a mentor, a nurturer, Gail Sandidge,” Good Shepherd CEO Steve Altmiller said at an afternoon news conference. “Nurses are protectors by nature, and Gail, she fit that profile. She was protecting her patients in an act of courage today, and in so doing, she lost her life.
“We’ve seen heroes just doing their jobs.”
David English, executive pastor of First Baptist Church where Sandidge attended and taught children, said she would be remembered and honored.
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