Just Another Day At Work

One of the jobs I work at, in fact this is the ONLY thing I like about this job,  is that the police carry AED’s in their cars and are not afraid to use them. They usually have the initial medical care done, history, vitals, oxygen, and much more done before I get on scene. They are AWESOME! They know where everything is on our trucks, know how to drive us to the hospital, know how to work ALL our equipment…they are by far the best cops I have ever worked with! We have had several clinical saves because they got on scene, started CPR, and used their AED’s. One guy was unknown down time and is walking around today because of his wife and the cops that used their AED.  Now, with that being said let me share a little story with you, about a guy that is alive today because of his wife and the officer that arrived and knew something was wrong.

First thing after shift change we got sent to an “unresponsive patient, unknown problem”. What a way to start the day. The dispatcher is fairly new, not very good, and just…well…he’s new. Only he’s not, he’s been a dispatcher for over 10 years, but only with our department for a little under a year. We never got an update en route to the call, but heard the officers responding. As soon as I called on scene, the officer that was there about 3 minutes before us, got on the radio to us and said, “Be advised, one shock by the AED, CPR in progress.” I was like, “Well fuck! Grab everything!” So we load up and head into the house, as we enter the room the officer says, “he’s breathing and has a pulse.” Sure enough, snoring respiration and a strong pulse. By the time we moved him to our ambulance he was talking to us, confused, but talking. Got him to the hospital, fully talking, not confused, and off to cath lab. Later I got a call saying he was awaiting a defibrillator. That officer and the family doing CPR saved his life!

For those of you interested, and able to read it, bellow is the AED data we pulled after the event and our EKG and 12-Lead. This was one lucky man!

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Don’t Forget the First Responders

Heaven gained some beautiful angles this week when they were stolen from their families. Their lives cut short, never knowing what they might have been, might have done. These beautiful babies, just starting their lives. Never getting their first dance, never getting to graduate, or drive a car, or learn to live.

But don’t forget those first responders, police, fire, and EMS, that arrived there, some entering without knowing where the shooter was, just to save a life. Don’t forget about them, what they saw, what they feel.

My worst fear in this career isn’t my injury, nor is it my death. My worst fear is being sent to a scene like this, or the Colorado shooting, or 9/11. My worst fear is being sent to a burning house only to pull a lifeless child from the building. My worst fear is watching an innocent child, so helpless, losing their life because of someone else. My worst fear was lived by these first responders.

I can’t imagine what they saw, how it will haunt their lives forever. I can’t imagine how helpless they felt, knowing there is little you can do. I can’t imagine how they felt telling parents their little angle was not coming home tonight.

So next time you complain about the firetruck delaying your trip, or the ambulance that caused more traffic, or those “Union Firefighters” that just sit around and want more money…think about what they have seen, what they have done, what they do every day for you. Think about those soldiers fighting for you right to judge and belittle the people that keep you safe every day.