One of Our Own

If you have been watching the news, and especially if you are in fire/EMS, then you know what I am talking about here but please do not post the location or department name for my own protection.

Every day, some more than others, I pray I will never be involved in an accident at work. I get e-mails all the time, we attend training classes, and try to prevent the worse. It happens, it happens all over, but I never thought it would happen to me. You never think it will happen to you, that’s how it works. I also pray I will never have to run one of these calls, I pray I never had to find one of my own like I did this week.

A call came in for an MVC with injuries, nothing new. The supervisor decided to respond in case help was needed and I was sent with him, if it was bad I was to board the truck and ride in with them. Ok, no big deal. We walked out to the SUV and started responding. We missed some important information during our walk to the vehicle. We start responding. Shortly after our Chief called responding, weird he wasn’t responding before.

Someone gets on the radio asking for a helicopter eta, my Chief radios they probably fly due to weather. Someone updates with “one person, possible ejection” and nothing more. The radio was pretty quiet most the trip up, at least EMS side was, apparently fire was not. I found it weird all the response, but just continued on.

We were getting close to the location, I got the paperwork ready to jot down our notes and was looking down as we pulled on scene. I will never forget the words my partner said the moment we drove over the hill. “Dear God, it is one of our own.” My heart dropped. I looked up and saw it. A red blur, upside down, people everywhere.

I hoped I would never have to see this in my career and here I am, facing it without any warning. I found out our Chief responded because in the time that it took us to get to our vehicle, EMS was updated on the vehicle involved…an update we missed. I have never been so happy in my life to see someone talking, busted up, but fully alert and talking. Took what felt like forever to get him out, he got himself out. Due to weather there was no helicopter flying, so one hour and 18 minutes later we arrived, by ground, to the closest trauma center. A ride that felt like it would never end, a ride I will never forget.

He is alive, but badly broken all over. I hope to get to the hospital soon and check on him, usually I get there often but apparently not today. I hope I never have to see this again in my career!

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