So yesterday I had to go downtown to personal office and fire dept headquarters. Needless to say I got the job. I signed my pension paperwork and all my employment and tax paperwork. I got fingerprinted and went to the uniform store. I will not be starting until some time in June. At least that's what they told us yesterday. I have to go through a 16 week academy before I get out on the street. Everyone pray for me to get through it. And thank you for praying before, it worked. I thought for sure my hearing problem would not allow me to get the job.
On a sad note, I resigned from my current department. It was hard for me to leave the station for the last time. My Captain and I hugged like I was going off to die. My fellow firefighters really made me feel warm and loved. How I will miss those folks. They have been like a second family to me. I will really miss them and all the great things we did together, the lives we have saved, and the fires we have fought. I have learned so much in my time with them. I don't think I have ever felt as loved as I did when I left the station for the last time. It will be strange for me to go from a big fish in a small pond to a little fish in a big lake, but I am looking forward to everything that maybe ahead. JS
Saturday, April 26, 2008
Sunday, April 20, 2008
We get dispatched to an unknown medical involving PD in an urban area.
We pull up on scene to see the local police department laughing at a guy laying in the middle of the street, pulling himself around on the pavement by his arms. He is laying next to a beat up, old mini van with the drivers door open. My partner and I are a little confused. So we ask "whats going on?". That is when we are told this story.
The cops said that the man on the ground and his son had come over to this block to steal some crack from a dealer. The man on the ground is a paraplegic. He sent his son into the house to steal the crack while he waited in the drivers seat of the van. The crack dealer caught the son trying to steal the crack. The dealer was so strung out that she called the cops. The son then ran back to the van. As the van was pulling off the cops showed up and surrounded it. So the son jumps out and tries to run on foot. The father is high and also thinks this is a good idea. So he opens the door of the van, and jumps onto the pavement. Somehow he forgot that he was unable to walk and required a wheelchair. So he tried to make his escape by dragging himself by is arms, and that's when we showed up
By now my partner and I are laughing our asses off. So we ask, "what do you need us for?". They ask us to check out the man laying in the road and make sure he is ok. They also wanted to know if we could transport him to jail as it would be hard for them to do it with a police car. So we said ok. Then we took him to jail. Every time I think about this it makes me laugh. Hope you find it as funny as we did. JS
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
As both of you know, I'm a huge Jimmy Buffett fan. I just finished reading his book titled "A salty piece of land". This was a great book. It was written in a way you knew it was Jimmy Buffett telling the story. Its about a guy who is running from the law in the western US, and he runs to the islands. He makes some great friends, has some great adventures, and gets into some trouble. It was cool for me because I have been to alot of the places mentioned in the book, and have seen some of the same things. Its a fun book to read. Its a work of fiction. If you like the island the way I do then you will love this book. JS
Saturday, April 12, 2008
My favorite place on earth so far. The weather is nice all year, the people are so nice as well. I have been there a few times and each time I go I like it more and more. I'm a bit of a history buff. There is a lot of history in Key West. If you ever get down there check out the USS Mohawk CGC museum ship, The Wreckers museum, Truman's little white house, The Ernest Hemingway's home, Fort Zachery Taylor, And the old world war II sub base. I have been to them all, and they are worth seeing. Key West has a very rich history. It is also a great place to SCUBA dive. The waters are so clear and you are a short drive from John Pennakamp Coral Reef. That is some of the best diving in the U.S. or the Caribbean. The street performers are also very entertaining. The bar scene really rocks, and my favorite place is the Key West winery. They have the best peach wine I have ever tasted. The dinning is some of the best. The seafood is fresh. Don't forget that the first and original "Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville" is there on Duvall street with Hog's Breath Saloon, and Sloppy Joes Bar. If you get the chance and have the time, drive down from Miami. Its about 3 to 4 hour drive. But it is amazing. Driving down US1 and the 7 mile bridge gives you constant breath taking views. Stop and eat at the Islamorada Fish Company Restaurant on your way. The food is good, but the view and sitting is awesome. You can eat outside under a beautiful pavilion right on the Gulf. Key West has been the home to a few famous people as well. Such as Jimmy Buffett and Ernest Hemmingway. One day I hope it will be the home of Island Air and Sea Charters, and me. So if you get the chance go check it out. JS
Last week I went flying with some local law enforcment officer in their helicopter while they were on routine patrol. I normally get to go do this a few times a year. It is a great time. They are some great guys. Not that they will ever read this, but I would like to thank them again. I love to fly and these guys really make it enjoyable. We circled my parents house for a while and my folks came out in the drive way and waved to us. My folks thought it was very cool and will talk about it for a long time. Its kind of cool seeing the district you work in from the air. But if you are interested you can check out this short video of us taking off from the airport on the video bar on the right side of the screen or on youtube at the address below.
So we pull up at the hospital with a priority 3 patient. This is a major urban hospital. I'm the attending tech on this run. So I am in the back of the ambulance with the patient. My partner shuts the truck off and comes to the back of the rig and opens the doors. We enter the hospital and proceed to the triage area. As we are getting our patient registered a medic from another agency comes in and says "some guy just stole your rig!". We said "what?". And then he repeated himself. So my partner ran out to see, and sure as shit our ambulance was gone. We transferred care of our patient, then called our dispatch. Let me tell you, that is not a call you want to make. So dispatch sent another crew to come pick us up and take us back to the base to get another rig. While we are waiting for the other crew, we had to go the the police detail in the hospital to make a report. It took us a while to convince the cops that this was not a joke. Really, who steals an ambulance? So we make the report and get laughed at. The other crew picks us up and can't stop poking fun at us. Just as we get back to the base dispatch calls and says the police recovered our rig. So now the other crew takes us to the police station to reclaim our rig. All our stuff was gone and the truck was trashed.
As it turns out my regular partner had the night off and I was working with a brand new EMT, it was like his second road shift. He didn't think to take the keys with him when he got out of the truck. And really who steals an ambulance? I'll tell you who. A patient who was just released from the ER! The ER staff refused to give him a cab voucher, so he decided stealing an ambulance was the next best thing. That's life in the big city. JS
Friday, April 11, 2008
I just wanted to let everyone know that I'm still here. While the look of my blog has changed, I have not. I will continue to post, but my posting might not be as frequent. I still plan on posting fun to read fiction stories as well as updates on my life adventures. So I hope my two reader will still enjoy what the see here. So fins up. JS