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Someday I'm gonna write a book

Early yesterday morning a guy got drunk in the wee hours and took a swan dive off the top of a barn. He was the same man two officers did CPR on after he demolished his car last year, so this was his second ride on a medivac helicopter. I hear they give you a t-shirt when you ride on Samaritan ... the most expensive t-shirt ever. So, what do you get for a second ride? A hat?

Yes, alcohol was involved.

On a much more tragic note, in the wee hours of this morning a man on a bicycle got t-boned while crossing Highway 3 near Avilla, by a car going at highway speeds. Still not sure what the contributing factors to that will be, but to say it didn't end well is putting it mildly.

Sometimes it's hard to internalize this stuff. That's a fancy way of saying work sucked.


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Sep. 21st, 2009 07:34 am (UTC)
I think that that deserves a 'Good Grief', and 'Oh dear', and an 'I know...'
Sep. 21st, 2009 09:55 am (UTC)
I think "good grief" will cover it nicely ....
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Sep. 21st, 2009 09:56 am (UTC)
Thanks ... rough days will happen, in my job and yours.
Sep. 21st, 2009 07:51 am (UTC)
Damn, that is a rough work day. I hope you have some time to rest and take care of yourself mentally and physically after all that.
Sep. 21st, 2009 09:58 am (UTC)
I have the house to myself ... a few nice, loud primal screams will bother no one.
Sep. 21st, 2009 09:52 pm (UTC)
I wish you lived near by...I would join you in that.

'Sounds like you were on the front lines and got hit hard.

Sep. 22nd, 2009 05:35 am (UTC)
That's the funny thing about it -- I was dispatching, not responding with the road units. There's that bit of a wall between the computer console and real life happenings, but even with that it gets to dispatchers after awhile, too. I've always said anyone who dispatches for more than ten years is nuts -- and I've been here since 1991.
Sep. 23rd, 2009 01:31 pm (UTC)
My best friend is a dispatcher for the Florida State Police. I count that as the front lines, Mark. You two have to deal with every call that comes in during your shift. My heart is there with you.
Sep. 24th, 2009 06:53 am (UTC)
yeah -- and unlike the road people, who generally deal with one thing at a time, we're often doing a juggling act in here!
Sep. 21st, 2009 07:53 am (UTC)
My dad's been a paramedic since... *has to stop and think* Going on 32 years? And oh yeah, if the stories he's told are any indication, he could write one hell of a book. Some days I think we should write something EMS-centered, and I could do the characters and stuff while he contributed the medical info and realistic 'flavor'. However, that would mean my dad reading something I've written and I don't know if I'm ready for that yet :/
Sep. 21st, 2009 10:30 am (UTC)
Ask him about it! You might be surprised at how receptive he is.

I was an EMT for several years, but I saw one too many nasty things that people shouldn't have to see. I've been a volunteer firefighter since my 18th birthday, though, which would make it ... guess I have to stop and think, too ... 29 years! Between that and my full time job in emergency dispatch, I think I've got more than enough material for a book, too.

Actually, I've already done it -- in my mid teens I started working on the story of a group of firefighters on a fictional department, and over the next decade I wrote the rough drafts of half a dozen novels, along with jotting down several other novel ideas. I "finished" one of them later and sent out some very bad queries, which is good because it was a very bad story. My biggest problem was that my stories were a series of unrelated emergencies, with only a little plot and not enough characterization to glue them together.

Several years ago I started again on a much better manuscript, but it got stuck in limbo as I went on to other things and is waiting for a finish. So I already *have* written "a book", to a certain degree.

By the way, that icon? Perfect.
Sep. 21st, 2009 11:15 am (UTC)
sounds to me like the guy on the barn maybe trying to end himself with that much stupidity. :(

But both incidents suck badly. :(
Sep. 22nd, 2009 05:36 am (UTC)
It really is hard to tell if he's got a death wish, or if he's just an idiot who loves his booze. But yeah, suckage.
Sep. 21st, 2009 02:49 pm (UTC)
*hugs* I had days like that in the county attorney's office.
Sep. 22nd, 2009 05:36 am (UTC)
Days like that seem to be all too common, anymore.
Sep. 21st, 2009 04:58 pm (UTC)
it's almost hard to feel sorry for the Darwin nominee but I've seen bike vs car accidents come into the ER while I did my rotations there. It's never pretty.
Sep. 22nd, 2009 05:38 am (UTC)
I know what you mean -- seems like just another "hey y'all, watch this!" moron who knows his way around the inside of a booze bottle. The biker, on the other hand -- that was something else.
Sep. 21st, 2009 05:15 pm (UTC)
I do not envy you your job. You're stronger person than me (or is it I?) for doing it.

On a lighter note...My friend made me eat a Frito. I retract my comment stating they're weird. They are actually quite delicious.
Sep. 22nd, 2009 05:38 am (UTC)
Everyone has different kinds of strengths, and weaknesses.

But yay for Fritos!
Sep. 21st, 2009 05:41 pm (UTC)
Man, while I'd never actually let someone die when I read stuff like that I'm tempted to say just let Darwin take over here. Survival of the fittest, if you jump off a roof you're not fit.
Sep. 22nd, 2009 05:39 am (UTC)
It's not long in the emergency services before people start feeling exactly like that.
Sep. 22nd, 2009 04:31 am (UTC)
It would be nice if people thought first, but a lot of them don't. I hope you're doing alright with it. It's never good to see too many of these things. Hope tomorrow is an absolutely boringly quiet day at work. :)
Sep. 22nd, 2009 05:41 am (UTC)
It hasn't been boring tonight! But nothing serious, either -- it's been one of those oddity kind of nights that has us checking the calendar to make sure there's not a full moon.
Sep. 22nd, 2009 05:53 am (UTC)
lol! I know what you mean, been having that sort of night myself. :)
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