FULL MOON BLUES
Rampart General, was a madhouse.
McCall was in high gear, one trail of hair
falling over her face as she delegated a sudden
of incoming through her ward.
"What now?" she said of Station Eight's paramedic
team with their
"We've got a drug overdose.. Don't know where
he managed to get it, but this guy's
the ear marks of meperedine toxicity. Brackett's
already ordered us to start Narcan. And
get in an NG tube. He's been convulsing too much."
Treatment two.. Uh, Dr. Morton will be
there in a sec right after he deals with another
gang type in with the same problem.."
Dixie was about to unwind for a few precious seconds
when Station 10 rolled in. They were working
a full arrest. "What do you got?"
chasing this guy for stealing an LA county
rescue squad. He didn't watch where he was running
the harbor, hit his head, and fell into the water.
Took us over three minutes to fish him out."
"A squad? That explains everything. And from the way
he's tattooed, I'll just bet he's related to
five we've just received in house. Has the whole
world gone crazy tonight?"
"Treatment Two.. Interrupt Brackett's arm laceration.
He's just making a row of stitches
neat on another
biker type. He can handle your man." Dixie
said. She watched her orders being
carried out and
then got onto the red phone to staffing. "Yeah,
This is McCall in Emergency. Could
you send down
a doctor to finish handling a minor laceration in
Two? We've a code in. Thanks.."
and she hung
up the phone.
Dixie looked up and began to wonder when the
night would ever
end. "I hate full moons."
Dr. Early had saundered up to get from Dixie
the next patient in
from the barrio neighborhood.
"Why? I think a full moon is romantic and very
beautiful. " he said
in his calm soothing way.
"Not when it's turning a street gang into|
a pack of wild maniacs, it's not. A bunch of
made off with a rescue squad and they
had a heyday with the paramedic's drug box."
"I know. I just pronounced one of them.."
Early said, rubbing his hand.
Both nurse and
doctor fell into a somber mood.
Johnny and the rest of the gang were
all nursing steaming cups of old coffee around
table. Only Martins seemed to
have enough energy to play tug of war with Bonnie.
should do it boys.." Vince said.
"Your accounts here and the fact you finally
located a tape recorder
should put the last
nail in the coffin on this gang's activity.
Gage winced. "Let's just hope
its not for
a real one Vince. I don't want to find out that
anyone died here.. Thanks buddies.."
giving the two officers a small grin as they
left the station.
Cap leaned back,
and in a clean uniform, from his chaise lounge.
Bonnie came running over to tug
at his shoes
in play, but for once, Hank didn't shove her
away. "I don't want to even know what
found with the squad when the police called him
out to tow it."
"Was it spray painted?"
"Don't know. Didn't you hear what I just said
Kelly? I don't WANT to know. It's
riding shotgun with another station's squad like
we're going to have to do for the rest
of the day..."
"Sorry Cap.." Chet said.
Marco suddenly set down the phone. "Hey
My mama heard on the news
about the squad being jacked and she and Mrs.
Bandido have made us some
in sympathy. They're on their way now to drop
everyone smiled and the kitchen
burst into a more happier mood as the sound of
a rich meal that
was imminent cheered them.
Bonnie barked, abandoning Hank's shoestrings
and ran around the
table until she had
her dish in mouth. She sat up, begging.
The whole gang laughed.
was fifteen minutes later. The burritos had arrived,
were utterly inhaled and the gang was now
out on chairs and couchs completely at
ease with the world.
Then they heard the outer garage
and saw Charlie backing the rescue truck into
its usual place with his tow truck.
Johnny gasped as he saw a peek of it through
the kitchen door.
The gang left newpapers and
chairs to gather
round in the pullup garage in a cluster.
Roy opened up his mouth in shock
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"I can't believe it! Not a ding! Not a dent! Not a mark anywhere!"
"Whew!" his equally relieved partner exclaimed, as they finished circling their seemingly unscathed
vehicle, "We really lucked out! Man! We gotta be more careful from now on, though. We may not be so lucky
"Repeat after me, gentlemen..." Charley coaxed, as he came stomping stiffly up to
the reckless pair. "There isn't going to BE a 'next time'!"
Squad 51's paramedics cringed and
stood there looking like a couple of school boys being taken to task.
"I can't hear you..." Charley
reminded the men, with a menacing glare.
"There isn't going to BE a 'next time'," the pair parroted
and continued to avoid any contact with the angry mechanic's narrowed eyes.
the rescue truck's rescuer tossed their Captain the keys and began taking his leave. "Oh" he casually
called back over his shoulder, "Before the two of you head off anywhere, you might wanna check out the
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Johnny and the others watched Charley depart
a little more fear for his seemingly
prophetic comment upon leaving, then
they usually had, of
Cap rubbed his nose, saundered over to a random
door of the squad's flanks. And pulled.
California kelp oozed out of the rappelling equipment
compartment and onto his shoes into a noodled
Bonnie started barking at it suspiciously.
Cap pursed his lips and said.
you start on clearing out this litter
in here while Roy and John inventory what
equipment we still
got left.." Hank ordered.
"Aww, cap.." Kelly protested.
"Aww, nothing. Tell me you know
single item in the paramedic inventory and
I'll let you trade places with Gage and DeSoto.
Do you? I'm not hearing anything......"
"uh,, not really Cap.." Chet mumbled.
my case. Now gentlemen. I suggest
we get to work. I don't know about you but
I'd rather burn some
elbow grease getting
our squad compartments here back in order
than have station 8's here with
Brice and company
aboard like they're scheduled to be doing
starting at 1300 if we can't be absolutely
ready by then. Catch my drift..?"
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