We were having a pretty slow night at the station we had a patient refusal sometime around 6 and nothing else for a couple hours. I figured if it was going to stay the way it had been I could just go home and not sit around at the station doing nothing but watching tv.
8pm, we get a call about a lady who was taking out the trash and slipped on the curb and twisted he ankle. She was in a lot of pain and we take her to the hospital. A short and simple call. After the call we get back to the station and right when we’re back into the bay we’re getting dispatched for something. I didn’t hear the call but I don’t care what it is I need calls for class.
We drive a few blocks down the street from our station and turn the corner there is police tape and police cars everywhere. Okay, we pull into a parking lot greeted by more cop cars and firefighters walking into a store. Apparently the store’s been held up. The owner walks to the ambulance holding paper towels covered in blood to his head and face, blood splatter is all over his jacket and shirt. We get him in the unit bandage his head and hook him up with a non rebreather. He was out of it but the oxygen kicked in and helped him to paint a picture of what happened at his store. He said he and his wife were closing up when three guys came in and tried to rob them. They hit his wife because she was right at the door and then they pistol whipped him and hit three times (they really fucked this guy up). Bleeding and not being able to see when they tell him to open the safe and he says he can’t they get mad and threaten to kill him and his wife. Eventually they realize they aren’t getting anything and run away in foot and get into a shoot out with the police (they shot an officer). En route to the hospital this guy’s lacerations and bruises are starting to bleed a lot more and he starts to give up. I start to bag the patient and we get him to the hospital. We transfer care and leave.
Again, as we’re pulling in to the station another call this for multiple people trapped. We fly to the scene and there are cops cars, fire engines, trucks and ambulance EVERYWHERE. We walk over to accident and it’s the worst thing I’ve experienced yet. A man who was drunk hit this van killing the driver instantly. The van was on its right side so the driver who was wearing her seatbelt is essentially hanging upside down in her seat with arms hanging there. It was so sad. Rescue crews pulled out the passenger of the van *i believe she died later at the hospital*. Both cars had children in them and as far as I know they both survived. As did the driver who caused the accident and the passenger of his car because she was drunk as well was high on PCP.
This entire sequence of events, as bad as it sounds got worse when everyone is at the trauma center trying to piece this whole thing together and when a doctor asked how fast were these cars going a cop responds, “oh, they were going fast. We (not her per say but as in the police) were chasing them…”
The guy who caused this accident is supposedly one of the suspects who attempted the armed robbery, the call we were dispatched for right before this call.
When put into perspective these unfortunate events; two women died, somebody got shot in the face, two children are seriously hurt, a cop getting shot and a man and his wife assaulted happened because some guys wanted to take something that didn’t belong to them, and their botched plan caused too many people to get hurt.