Overheard in Rescue 1

“Are you okay?”
“Yeah, why?”
“Because you just saw a dead lady.”
“I think I’m going to see a lot more.”
“Probably.”

“So, you ok?”
“Does it always smell so bad.”
“Not always.”
“She didn’t look peaceful, do they always look like that?”
“Nah, sometimes they just look like they’re asleep.”
“How long was she dead?”
“Couple days, I guess.”

“You’re going to see things other people can’t imagine. It isn’t easy. When it gets easy, its time to go.”
“I’ve seen dead people, but they were cleaned up and in a casket.”
“They’ll clean that lady up.”
“It’s weird, the way her mouth was wide open, like she was trying to scream.”
“That was probably rigor mortis, she died in her sleep, the body does weird things once the spirit leaves.”
“You think she had a spirit?”
“Of course I do, can’t figure why we’d be here if there’s no spirit.”
“Hmmm.”

“You okay?”
“Yeah, probably gonna see a lot more dead people.”
“It’s never easy.”
“When it gets easy its time to go?”
“Its one of the signs. You have to know when enough is enough.”

What’s better than giving good advice to a new guy?
Getting good advice when you’re a new guy.

It’s getting easier.

Thanks Woody.

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Dwaine McIntosh
Twenty, again…and again!
Did 27 in Kingman Az. read ur deal on Facebook and yes a day comes when u pull the pin. Funny all the things that bring u to that point are in some respects why u stay. Other things like command and control locking the seat belt hanging the David Clarks /lighting it up the…
2015-04-24 21:45:28
Michael Morse
All the pills
Thank you Lynda, stay safe!
2015-04-24 17:52:41
Lynda Sanders
All the pills
This is the second post I have read by you and I can't wait to read more. You have masterfully described some of the dark aspects and experiences of this profession that are with us forever. ... Well I am definitely a fan :)
2015-04-23 17:03:34
Ed
Twenty
I feel your pain brother. I was down in Mississippi with some of your brothers during Katrina. The same politics down there, suck our futures away up here in our every day jobs. These people have no idea what we go through. The emotional baggage that we carry and store away is a heavy burden…
2015-04-23 14:58:06
Mark Simpson
All the pills
What would you do if she told everyone she ate all the brownies? Could be some serious risk of violence.
2015-04-22 13:21:08

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