"Why? Got a reason to be?"|
"Yeah. A good one. Guess who replaced you while
you and Joanne and
the kids were having it
up in Florida."
"No, ..don't tell me..."
"Yeah.. Craig Brice.."
Johnny said putting on his work
shoes. He was so worked up, that he broke a
was kind enough not to laugh and wordlessly,
he handed his partner a package of new ones
knew Johnny hadn't had the foresight
to buy from the drugstore.
"Thanks." Johnny said and
he unlaced the old and
did up the replacement deftly. "I'll tell you
why else I'm depressed. We
had a new trainee."
"Chet didn't.." Roy interjected, his eyes getting real big.
Johnny sighed. "Chet didn't. He got an
earful of just what kinds of things we paramedics go
from Detello and company and chickened
out on taking any ride alongs. That delayed him enough
he blew his chance to train in the field this quarter
with a squad. He's gonna have to wait until
next year to
enroll if he's still interested since the next batch of classes
have already begun."
"Then why are you so glum? You didn't have your
paramedic partner trainee from
h*ll." Roy asked.
"I had a new .... " and he sighed. "..GIRL trainee. And
you'll never guess
who it was."
"Brice has a cousin?"
"Yeah, and she's
nearly as bossy and analytical as
he is. Why, we weren't even ten feet out the door
on our first
run, when she suddenly started quoting
rules and regs at me. Said my helmet was too big."
is. Didn't you learn your lesson when it fell off
your head after that monkey virus got to you on
that scaffoulding?" Roy said drolly.
Johnny blinked. "Would ya look at that. Hey guys..
ya look at that?!" he shouted through the
kitchen door. "My best bud, my partner to whom I
life and limb, agrees with the comments
from that annoying probie!!"
Naturally, there was no reply from the gang|
in the kitchen.
"You couldn't have been suffering
badly last week, Johnny.."
"Oh, really. Pray tell why..."
"Henry's not here.."
and Roy closed his locker
door calmly and left for breakfast.
They had just about finished the pancakes when
a station call came out.
Station 10, Truck 127. Battalion 14.
......School fire at Roosevelt Elementary....##
heart skipped a beat. "Oh no.. Not again."
Johnny said as he snatched up his jacket.
now you're gonna do just fine. It's most
likely just a false alarm again. Now, come on,
##....13000 Technology Drive. 13000 Technology Drive.
Cross street, Maple. Time out, 9:57.##
"L.A., 10-4. This is Station 51. KMG 365." Stoker replied
in communications acknowledgement.
From: "Roxy Dee" <email@example.com>
Wed Jan 15, 2003 5:44 pm
Subject: The Call of Angels~~
Station 51 pushed the envelope to arrive on
on scene. As it was, they were the first.
smoke stained janitor ran out of the building
and was met by a throng of teachers who were trying
to control their classrooms of children calmly and
collectively. They caught him as he fell and lowered
to the ground.
One moustached balding superintendant grabbed
him by the arms."Charlie!
Now that was plumb stupid.
The building's clear. You didn't have to go back
in there. No boiler's
valuable enough for that."
Charlie, silver haired and Asian, just coughed, gripping
"Yes... I ...did...sir. The water heater and
the gas line's the next room over.. If they go.. The
northside classrooms are still evacuating
Aghh.. My chest!!" and he gasped, then gurgled.
superintendant heard sirens and looked up to
see a fire department rescue squad screech to a halt
on the street a safe distance away from the school.
Gage and DeSoto stepped out to the nearest
of teachers. Frightened kids milled about everywhere.
"What's the situation here?" Johnny
asked one of
The young substitute teacher said. "There's a fire in
Boiler room according to Charlie.
There's a lot of chemicals stored in there."
Johnny ran along
to the cab and shouted to Cap
and the gang who had just pulled up the red
pumper, spewing long
hose. "Cap! Substructure.
"I want everybody in full SCBA! " Cap waved on|
Vince and two other polices cars to begin crowd
Then he contacted L.A. through his hand
held radio. "L.A. We've got smoke showing from
a two story
brick building. Assign a third alarm
##10-4, 51. ## And the fire captain heard
dispatcher assign two other stations to the call.
Then a teacher ran up to Cap and hung
arm. "Listen. There's still people trying to get
out on the north side. And we've a man
"He's in the parking lot.." she coughed.
"You ok, maam?"
"I'm fine. Just a little smoke. I gotta get
back to my kids.." she shouted and fled
Cap looked around and saw Gage and DeSoto
already air bottled and connecting hose
the yellow hydrants on the block. "Gage!
DeSoto! There's a victim over there. Check
He saw his men look up and see where
he was pointing.
Then he called for four ambulances
judging from the number of coughing
kids he could see crying and sitting on the
Johnny and Roy abandoned what they
were doing to grab their medical gear.
Chet and Marco took
over their task of
charging the hoses.
Johnny grabbed the O2 and the biophone
got the drug and IV boxes.
"Cap! We're on it.."
They soon found the superintendant with
the janitor, who was now unconscious.
Johnny reached for the man's neck.
"Thready. Might be his
The superintendant nodded. "He did say his
chest hurt him. I guess he was in the fire
"I'll patch him in.." Roy said, unbuttoning
the man's shirt while Johnny set
some oxygen. He looked up while he
fastened the EKG leads to the janitor's
sir.. Do you know if everybody
made it out?"
The superintendant, distracted by the melee
panicking children and teachers just
mumbled. "I- I don't know. I.. some of the
staff seems to
think the classrooms on the
north side were still trying to make it out."
Roy made a decision..
"Johnny. I can't wait.
You got things here?"
Gage looked up from the BP he was taking on|
the man. His face filled with doubt about Roy's
but then he nodded when his ears picked
up the sound of Station Ten pulling up into
the smoky school
yard. "Bring someone with
"Cap, I'm going in to help with the evacuation!"
"Grab a man from 10!" Cap said, waving him
on while he filled Battalion Fourteen
in on the
Roy ran to the open aired engine just pulled up.
He waved the station's
medics on, "A heart case,
near the basketball court..Johnny's with him now.
Go. Move.. We have
all the gear you'll need."
10 's paramedics ran.
Then he tapped the nearest fireman's shoulder
the bunch pulling hose from the fire engine. The
big man turned around. It was Detello.
"Well, if it isn't DeSoto. What's up?, er, besides
the obvious.." he said with a fleeting smile. But
already he was all business.
"Evac.. on the north side, Come on..!" Roy said.
his cue from the men from 51 running
around with air bottles and he took his own, with
an axe and
door markers. On a thought, he
grabbed an asbestos blanket.
"What's with that?" Roy asked as
they ran towards
the smoking building.
"Just a hunch, Roy. Can't explain it."
and Detello put on their face masks and
entered the building. They arrived just in time to
one last teacher make it to the sunlight.
Detello gave her some air through his mask
as they helped
her to her kids in the clearer
They set her on the ground. "Just keep breathing
on this.." Detello told her. "You'll be fine."
The young teacher pulled it away. "I'm missing
Cindy. Oh my g*d."
A stab ran through Roy's stomach and his
world dimmed. He looked up at the
from which flames now rose and a chemical
He heard Detello
question the woman and soon,
they got hasty directions to that classroom.
The big firefighter
waved over an arriving fire
station to take care of the woman and he
and DeSoto put back on their
helmets and both ran back to the door they
had just gone through getting out. Detello
still carried the asbestos blanket, like a
Roy smacked Detello's arm. "Which way?"
"Left! Down the hall. First room on the right
by the stairwell. Watch the right. It's a door
to the sub basement. Bound to be hot!"
Roy got on his hand radio and told the Batallion
they were searching for a victim and
They entered a third grade class room which
barely visible in the smoke. "Hey! can
anybody hear me!" Detello shouted.
Roy and he searched and upturned desks|
hastily, crouching low enough to the floor
so they could
see their boots and any
body they might find.
The heat, was oppressive and they could hear
the sizzle in the air from the leaking ammonia
creating thicker gases and smoke near the ceiling.
The noise of flames and the alarm bells forced
Detello and Roy to use hand signals to communicate
while they searched both that classroom and
the next. Roy paused at each door and closed it,
marking it with a search slash when they
"She couldn't have gone far.. The exit's
Roy said in frustration through his mask.
Detello's head snapped around at a
he heard and he pushed Roy back into the lockers
and brought both of them down to the
in the hallway.
There was a huge explosion that ripped through the
and blew out all the classroom windows
of the school.
Click the Resuscitator to go to Page Twelve :)