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Saturday, July 1, 2006

You never know!

The call goes out to respond to 1321 S. Palm Ave for a man down. When we got to the 1300 block of South Palm we discovered that there was no 1321. We notify dispatch who then realized...oops...it's North Palm Ave. So we headed North to the correct location.

As we approached we noticed that the police had the entire street cordoned off. As we got closer to the scene we saw that our 'man down' was really a TC (traffic collision) where a compact sedan had run into a telephone pole. The car sheared off the pole and moved it 6 feet. It was still dangling from the wires. Our patient, a 16 year old girl, was sitting in the grass with the firefighters trying to refuse any care. Her father on the other hand (who had time to get there since we went to the wrong location) was demanding that we take her to the hospital. Since she's a minor she had very little choice in the matter. We would have taken her to the hospital anyways, because of her age, but it's a little frustrating to have an overly concerned parent there to second guessing your every move. The father also wanted us to wait there on scene until his wife could show up. We drew a line there and told him he could meet his daughter at the hospital. If he had followed us he probably would have said that we should have gone a different route.

Oh well. You just never know what you're going to get when you're dispatched to a 'man down.'
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