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    I had a dying man in my yard 3 weeks ago

    Me and the wife were in the bedroom, reading, when we heard the unmistakeable "boom" of a TA. I immediately told her to call 911 and request LE and EMS. I grabbed a weapon and headed out the door (you never know..).
    We had a truck overturned in our front yard. One patient (driver) was attempting to get out of the back window. I assisted him and attempted to lay him down and begin first aid etc. During this extrication I noticed the passenger, buckled and upside down, gurgling as he attempted to breathe with his head on the ceiling of the vehicle, his neck bent straight and level with the ceiling.
    The driver seemed to gain new energy and in SPANISH, said that he had to go. His son was down the road alone, and he had no PAPERS, so he had to go! The one vehicle that had stopped at this point told him in SPANISH that they would take him down the road... I was caught in the middle.. what to do? I had already attempted to physically restrain the guy, but thought that doing too much would cause me to possibly hurt him further!
    I turned loose of him and went to patient 2. I took the vitals and palpated as best as I could. He was struggling to breathe and we are out in the county, with an inept vol. fire dept. who may or may not respond. I went for life over limb and released the seatbelt and eased him down as best as I could. I moved him just enough, as I held c-spine to straighten him out and I palpated further. His pulse was good. His color and temp. were good. No battles signs. Beer was all around. Patient reeked of it. His eyes were rolled back, but I detected nothing life threatening. I had him on his side and stayed with him, c-spine and all for the next 45 MINUTES or more until EMS arrived. Sheriffs had already arrived, but were of no help with the patient. More on them later. Maybe.
    After EMS was ab;le to assist me and backboard him, I saw when we turned him that his right wrist was compounded but with little blood loss. Otherwise, no other injuries I had not previously detected. EMS hooked him up and everything seemed OK, just another drunk in a wreck. The chopper was going to fly him out, but when they got him to the LZ, he became combative. Another good sign for an inebriated ta victim..? EMS did ground transport and etc. etc.
    I learned a few days later, my patient had died. Skull fractures etc.... damn.

    And I thought all this was behind me now! (retired ff...)

    dog

    No smear on the cops. But the thing is, I went into the role of IC and everybody from my wife, neighbors, cops and eventually fd, looked to me for just about everything. Except for the State Troopers. And they were most cordial and professional. Local county guys too, just needed a bit of direction. The local cops from the town 5 miles away? GOT in the WAY! So did their fd, of wich I was once chief.... years ago.
    Last edited by thedog; 07-18-09 at 22:41. Reason: Cops are good

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    Tough to lose one, and I am sure, even tougher when you are expecting good help but none arrives.

    Glad you were there to help but sorry you had to pay the price.

    Good men rise to the call and do much with little, you are a good man IMO.

    Small VFDs can be tough to work with (been there with several dept.s). They can also be very good under the right circumstances.

    Buckaroo
    "It is better to be a Warrior in a Garden than a Gardner in a War"
    Let's use the First Amendment to protect the Second so we can avoid using the Second to protect the First.

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    hey dog,
    interesting report.
    it is good to know we are out there
    even if we seem outnumbered.(at times)
    i'll file this one under situational awareness.
    good example.

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    That's got to be SOP for drunk illegals in car accidents. My friend was hit 6 years ago on a sunday morning, around 7 AM, sitting at a stop light. The guy plowed into the back of her with a pickup truck, totaling her car, with her unconscious and trapped inside. Witnesses said the guy jumped out, bleeding, and ran away. She almost died and spent several months in the hospital for that one.
    For God and the soldier we adore, In time of danger, not before! The danger passed, and all things righted, God is forgotten and the soldier slighted." - Rudyard Kipling

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    Thanks so much for the comments fellows. I just needed to share with like minded folks who had been there. I feel bad about the fellow dying, but his family did come and thank my wife a few days later while I was at work and said to thank me from the bottoms of their hearts for trying my best.
    And the day after the wreck? Me and the wife got to clean up the mess!! And what job did the guys do? Build fences! So we got a large cooler half full of "u" type nails, staples, nails, screws etc. And I know we didn't get it all!

    Thanks for letting me vent.

    dog
    Oh, and my first Volunteer Dept. by Ft. Worth, Aledo VFD, it rocked!

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    Last edited by thedog; 07-21-09 at 22:03. Reason: Some great VFD's out there!

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