"was suspended because it is against company policy to make a stop without being called."
A number of things come to mind as we read past the headlines, and these are the kind of questions left unaddressed by the report.
- Is not being recognizable as an emergency vehicle an invitation to being flagged down on street for an unofficial call?
- Is not an unofficial call -- lacking paper work but still one made because you are recognized as an official emergency agent -- still a call?
- Is not a trained EMT professional really a kind of officer, and has been trained to make executive decisions in triage situations?
- Is there a concern by the company that there might be legal ramifications arising from an unofficial call and could be financially ruinous for them?
- Precisely due to such concerns, are there not good Samaritan laws on the books to protect them and their employee?
- If not, why not?
As the reader who tipped me to this story opined: "our society is going to hell."
While it is true that the ever more present misanthropy we find in our legal system may not have been planned to be that way, the number of "leaders" who are trying to prevent reform legislation appear to be able to control the majority of votes in state and federal legislatures.
One thing is for certain: those who believe that the planet is overpopulated are thrilled by stories such as this because it threatens all those -- such as the majority of EMT personnel -- who still exhibit basic human decency.