Posts Tagged ‘ems’

EMS week is the 19th to 25th. Even if it only gets done this week and not the rest of the year, thank an EMT or paramedic if you see one. Their job is tough.

I want to personally thank the crews that came to my aid over 8 years ago in Apoka, FL. It is because of your skills that I’m even alive right now. I coded on you twice on the way to Orlando Regional even, and I’m still here. I would love to work with you in the future. That accident is what sparked my interest in EMS, and I finally became an EMT myself last year.

To EMS personnel everywhere, thank you!

– Kayleigh, EMT-B, Indiana

Terry Curry:

I am writing this letter in response to the February 16th accident that ended in the death of Private Tim McCormick and Specialist Cody Medley. I cannot help feeling that the decision made by your office to not prosecute Jade Hammer is not only blatantly disrespectful to their families, but to all those working in public safety as well. It appears as though this woman is being protected, and that is beyond appalling.

There has been conflicting information in the media recently. The common thing between what I have read is that she admitted to drinking, admitted to speeding, and admitted to paying attention to a GPS device instead of traffic lights. I can almost guarantee you that in any other state, running a red light, driving with alcohol in your system on any level, not looking at the road, and causing the death of two public servants would be considered beyond reckless. If you and your office do not consider that being distracted and therefore driving recklessly, then what is?

Had it been Ms. Hammer that lost her life, these men would have lost their licenses, their jobs, and their freedom. Under the legal limit or not, that in no way means that she was not impaired. It saddens me knowing your office feels those two young men’s lives are worth nothing more than a ticket. This lack of respect or simple acknowledgement for the people who risk their lives to save others scares me.

There was a time when I wanted to work in Indianapolis. After seeing how your office treats line of duty death for its EMS personnel, I am not 100% sure now. Knowing that I could be in the same situation as Tim and Cody were in, and that my son and husband would have to jump through hoops to see justice makes me sick. They do not deserve that, nobody does.

Sincerely,

Kayleigh Owens

 

*See last post, otherwise you won’t get the title*

I get to be at home with my family tonight, because unlike some, I’m not dead. The same obviously can’t be said for everyone (duh). Now here’s my problem:

Indianapolis recently lost two very young men in EMS. It was the first time a line of duty EMS death happened for Indy. They were in an accident with one other vehicle, the driver of that car is fine.

What I’ve read so far is that the ambulance was speeding, and so was the other driver. All that crew was guilty of is driving fast when they were not on an urgent call. The girl driving the car that struck them however was speeding, had been drinking, and was paying attention to a gps instead of the road.

I feel that if the tables were turned, Tim and Cody both would’ve been jobless at the very least and the city would have been sued until it couldn’t be sued anymore. Their families will never lay eyes on them again, they don’t get to go back to work, they can no longer do what they loved to do. Despite what some may think and act like, EMS is a public service that doesn’t pay anywhere near well enough, and the people who work in this field do it because it’s what they love.

This girl’s BAC wasn’t half the legal limit, so no drunk driving charge. There’s nothing being put against her aside from a citation for running a red light as a matter of fact. Anyone else in this situation would be in jail awaiting a manslaughter conviction. Had she hit a police officer, they’d do everything they could short of executing her.

There was a case in 2009 where it was apparently ruled that running a red light is not considered reckless under Indiana law. WHAT THE FUCK INDIANA!?! Had she been the one that died, things would be different, and nobody better dare try to tell me otherwise. You all know I’m right.

There is a very blatant lack of respect for EMS, and it needs to stop. Drinking is not the only issue here. Two very skilled men with IEMS lost their lives, and nothing is being done.

I am absolutely shocked. Legally drunk or not, she was under the influence. She also admitted to something that falls under reckless driving, but no charge. All she gets is a traffic citation…..

It’s scary to think that this could be me one day. If it is, my husband and my son will have to go through hell to see justice, and I don’t want that for them. It’s just not right…

 

A. The amount of homework I have
B. Women
C. Prisons
D. Welfare
E. Line of duty death in EMS
F. Parenting
G. DHL and how horrible they seem to be

That’s all for now.

After tomorrow I will (hopefully) be an official EMT in the state of Indiana. Before I go any further, I have to get something out of the way: HOLY SHIT I’M NERVOUS. OK, that’s done now :-).

EMS was in the back of my mind as a possible career choice for a really long time. I enjoyed class and all of the people I met through school, my instructors were awesome and I really feel like I’m going to do great.

Now for some things I’ve learned:

The pay sucks, but I am totally alright with it. I didn’t think EMS would make me rich. My thought was that I wanted to do something that made me feel important, because that is the thing that matters – me being happy.

It’s not all guts and glory. In fact, there’s not much glory for an EMT. This is another thing I don’t mind. I had my share of irritating patients while doing my ride time, but that is a huge part of the job. I had to buck up and get used to it if I want to keep doing this.

I’m still debating on whether or not I want to head straight to medic school. I personally feel that it would be best to have more street experience before I do that. However, the program only takes students once a year, so it would be awhile before I could apply again if I don’t do it this time around.

Back to studying. Should I ever meet anyone that reads this post, I sincerely hope that my future partner and I help you to the best of our combined abilities.

 

 

*update*
*I made some more Christmas stuff. Fortunately for me, I have friends that drink way more than I do so I was able to get some bottles donated. The cocoa recipe I used can be found here: http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/classic-cocoa-10000001011198/, I Just altered it a bit depending on the size of the bottle I was using. Now, for some simple instructions:*

1. See my previous post.
2. I made some more stuff with liquor bottles.
3. It’s pretty awesome
4. I’m tempted to use the q word right now, but I can’t bring myself to do it. (I’m on clinicals again tonight, and it’s slower than molasses times a million.)

*Here it is*

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Done with various liquor bottles

 

 

Today was like every other day, in that it had its ups and downs.

Up – got some stuff done this morning, played pharmacology baseball (awesome study tool by the way), had a great lunch and did some zumba for the first time ever. Had a lot of fun.

Down – I almost walked out of my EMT class. My instructor asked me if I needed to go snoke a cigarette for fuck’s sake.
Before we got started, people were chit chatting and ranting a bit. Someone suggested that people boycot welfare. Every person that gets government help in any form is apparently lazy as they can be. They all don’t want to do shit with themselves but sit and collect free stuff.

This brings me back to my whole people need to educate themselves thing. If everyone only knew what life on welfare was like, and what you go through to get help and keep it, I believe they’d change their minds on a few things.

Take it from someone who has been there. It’s not easy, free, or anything of the sort. Research the rules for your state…. I’m in Indiana if you’d like to look up mine.

Yes, there are peolple that lie, cheat and abuse the system. We don’t have enough manpower to catch everyone doing it. I wish we did. I’m all for requiring drug testing to get welfare, and don’t understand why more states aren’t doing it.

I’m still having a hard time believing I got that offended. It doesn’t happen often. On a lighter note, I’m going to finish watching this comedy special. Rodney Carrington is hillarious.