FS-Zoe Ahrendt-Paramedic Ride Along...

Journal #2

So, I got to do a ride along with an awesome team of paramedics (Sam,

she was super funny and smart, and Chad, he was experienced and wore an awesome hat)! My shift with them ran from 7:45 pm to 9:15 am! I did a grave yard shift, something I've never done before!

Our first call was probably one of the most impactful of the night

mainly because it was focused on drinking and driving. Three guys went to a local bar, had a lot to drink and decided to drive home drunk. While driving (still very drunk), one of the three lost control went off the side of the road flipping his car completely over (his car was really really messed up and found on its roof with tires still spinning in the air). When we arrived on scene one of the drunk passengers had to be "life flighted" out in a helicopter because of how bad of shape he was in. The other two (the driver and other passenger) we took into our ambulance. The passenger we put on a stretcher and neck brace since he was complaining about back pain.

I had no respect for this passenger. He was disrespecting (swearing and

insulting) me, the firemen, paramedics, and police officers. What blew my mind was that he kept telling me and Chad that he was "the victim". It blew my mind. After he made the choice to get into a car drunk he still saw himself as "the victim". He blamed everyone but himself. After we transported the driver and passenger to the hospital I promised myself that I would never touch an alcoholic beverage. Even if I do drink one I'll make sure to take a Taxi back home or have someone sober drive.

I had a rare gift to see an end result. I saw drunk driver getting

arrested, a passenger needing to be rapidly taken to a hospital faster than an ambulance can travel, and a passenger that may have permanent back pain for the rest of his life. All I have to say is don't drink and drive. It's a serious crime. It's a serious hazard to yourself and others.

ZOE

Jan. 31, 2014

Posted on February 19, 2014 .