Why...oh why...do people do it......  

dubdub1970 47M
60 posts
4/21/2006 3:08 pm

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5/31/2006 3:25 pm

Why...oh why...do people do it......


It was a calm day......quite warm in fact for the time of year......balmy you might call it...another day on duty.......nothing amazing...

When we were arriving at the scene..........the carnage quickly became evident...twisted metal..glass crunching underfoot, each footstep echoing ...even in the midst of the screaming....moaning ....crying.....smoke billowing from what once was an thing of value...indeed beauty....bank loans taken to purchase....all smiles on the day of collection..and now..........all that remains is a lump of metal.......twisted...ugly.....harsh...the number plate...glinting in the sun...all the time the screaming....the pain....but.....for what seems the millioneth time in my career.....the silence of death in the maelstrom of noise......bystanders look on helplessly...who is related to who ??? - people who have nothing better to do......look with macabre interest...guards stand back......allow us to do our jobs......

The faint moan.........the first question.......whats your name ??? - the assurance ......we'll get you out.....a smile of hope... when the sight of crushed limbs.....horrific injuries....tells me otherwise.......the life blood......never ceasing its escape...the sitaution assessed.....fire risk neutralised.......the work of releasing crushed flesh and bone...of ceasing the relentless flow of blood begins....the gentle words to relations.......stand back...when you know they cant...how can they......their child...wife .....bleeding to death.....their limbs useless

The equipment shreeks into life.....the sparks....fly into the air...the metal.....slowly giving up.......its protests fading as the saw..slices into it....its noise merging with the screaming....anxious questions....other cars passing.......all becomes one...more words of hope......doctor on way......wow...ur gorgeous...bet you have loads of men after you.....still the blood flows.....sweat on my brow....metal slowly giving way.......not fast enough.........eyes slowly losing focus.....noooo sexy.....stay with me........not letting you go......metal finally loses the battle.........gives way....the horror unfolded........words of hope all false now.....a battle i cant win.....head moves towards me.......seems to say...thanks....I almost scream ....you'll be fine......I cant...im a fireman....squeeze of a hand.....medical equipment on way........then in that split moment of time.....the last breath...the hand soooooooo gentle loses its grip..eyes sightless.....seeming to focus on a point far away...I nod to the guard...paramedic....colleagues........unspoken words telling relations...friends......death....move aside....assisting my colleagues.....the blood moving its way accross tarmac.......its stopped now.......its over..... we are efficently putting equipment away......everything in its place......100% correct.........notes taken....rookies assessed on their first job....as if the carnage hasnt happened....cold in our efficency.....when before...we seemed human.....we've seen it all before.......just another shout to us after all.....my salary...no....its never like that...we are humans trained to rescue.....preserve life..thats what we do

We go back.......reports made......filed.......tender washed.....mundane duties.....the unseen work we do.....all smoothly...tea brewed.....

Yet we sliently mourn...the lost soul.....each thinking ....I hope she has found her way to heaven.....that she has found her paradise...we've done our job....but we all have one question......

Why do people speed.......why do people invite death......when life is there to be lived....has life become that rushed....souless.....

When im walking my dog that night .....i think about it....I think of the work I did.....we did....my role in it.......I know ive done it well.....we cant always preserve life....just try to.....to rescue it....... often against the the odds.....today we didnt ..theres no league table......no scores....just pride im a fireman...I thank God myself and my colleagues have survived.....I pray that Louise will get to see God....I thank God for what I do......the ability to do it.....

And....always.....that i'll be able to do it tomorrow

Try walking in our shoes......it isnt easy..but im proud to be me

Dont speed.....

Sulabula 46F
12659 posts
4/22/2006 6:46 pm

it's a simple message...Don't speed....but the advice is not often taken. You should be proud of your job...and of you

Sula xxx

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ladyjim1 88F

4/23/2006 3:48 am

A message I tell my nephew,s all the time..Dont Speed..One I Hope they listen to..I would rather see the young smiling face,s than look at a headstone..Keep doing the job you do so well and with great pride... ladyj xxxx


rm_Twister2bed 48M
617 posts
5/14/2006 7:30 am

Deep post... I have seen the types of crashes you describe. seen death from it and its always sad.
Bottom line I speed, State troopers speed, Most people do. I guess we are all in a hurry to get no where fast.
I accept the risk that comes from it. I'm just sorry you guys need to clean up the mess when people go faster than their cars and abilitys can handle.
There is a difference between speeding and wreckless.


digdug41 50M

5/14/2006 7:38 am

when I read posts like this I always think to myself thatthe people who take these kinds of jobs are amazing, I could not do it I dont think that I could leave the job at the job so to speak it would follow me. I'm very humbled by your experience and people arre just insane they just dont think they feel indestructible until they are screaming in pain for making thatchoice to be a speed demon

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KC_JJ 55M

5/14/2006 1:13 pm

I do think that most people who speed or do anything that involves some sort of mortal risk are (at some level) aware of what they are doing.

I remember witnessing myself throw caution to the wind for awhile in this regard about four years ago directly after a rather big break up with a girl. I did not do that for long especially after nearly not making the last dull turn (as opposed to a sharp one) at 70mph which leads to my home.

I have this theory that those who do die in such things did invite death in more ways than simply disregarding basic safety principles. Of course I do not mean that tthey did this in an overtly conscious manner but somehow I think many of them were subconsciously seeking their way "out" so to speak.

Anyways that job that you have is one of the noblest that exists and I feel certain that it frequently leaves you with a quite raw sense for what's really important to appreciate about this thing we call "life".

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GoddessOfTheDawn 106F
11240 posts
5/15/2006 2:34 am


very good post

thx 4 what you do


racingcrazy67 51M

5/16/2006 9:15 am

Thank you for that post. I am in awe of anyone that has the courage and strength to do your sort of job which most likely you shrug your shoulders at some of the time as you feel it is expected?

We all take you guys in these services for granted at times but your post shows how fragile we can be expecially when we are complacent.

Thanks again for that reminder and be proud of what you do. I am.


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