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Season One, Episode Six..
The Golden Horn
15 March 2003.
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From : Jeff Seltun <firstname.lastname@example.org
Subject : Morning Misery
Date : : Sat Mar 22, 2003 10:02 pm
Johnny Gage jolted in bed with a groan as the wakeup tones
shattered his sleep, filling the bunkroom with its frequency tones.
"L.A. testing with stations 127,
36, 110, 8 and 51."
Hank Stanley rolled out from under his sheets to
the bedside radio mounted
near his head. "L.A., Station
51. You're clear, KMG 365." he mumbled and sniffed
and coughed as
he hung the mike back up on its spigot.
"Gage, Kelly tells me it's your turn to cook
"Aw, Cap. We just got back." Gage said. "Besides,
Chet never honors his bets
anyway, so why should I?
I'm gonna just ...catch a few winks so I....I..." and
his voice trailed
off as sleepiness made him drift again
from where he slumped in tangled sheets on his stomach.
A ballistic pillow nailed Gage on the back of the head.
"Ow!" and Johnny shot up onto his butt
about him for the one whose bed was now pillowless.
"Whoever threw that's dead meat.."
" Get up! A deal's a deal." Chet groused. "That sounded
like a definite Cap order
to me." he countered. Then he
peeped. "Right, Cap?"
Hank just glared at Kelly and pointed.
"Move it, Kelly.
You may not be putting the chow on, but the coffee
pot's calling out your name
big time. I wanna smell
coffee brewing in fifteen seconds or the hose tower's
gonna be your second
home for a week. 15, 14,...10"
he accelerated, "9,.. 8 !!..."
Chet muffled any further retort
wisely and scrambled
into boots and was gone before his sheets settled.
From where he lay face
down on his bed, Roy
chuckled. "G*d, I love waking up in the morning here.
Kinda puts the world
"Oh, would you just shut up?" Johnny snapped, sitting
up with his legs
dangling over the bed, not yet having
the mental faculty to succeed in getting into his
boots and trousers.
Hank's stenorous voice boomed out. "As for you, Gage,
there's a mop just
aching for latrine duty if I don't see
you making tracks to the stove in five.."
was miraculous. Johnny went from grumpy
sleeper to rabbit quick in a pico.
Roy blinked in
surprise when he only saw the door swing
following his partner's sudden departure. He quirked a grin.
"Cap, some day you outta teach me that trick of yours
that inspires such gut fearing reaction in
the guys. Maybe
then I can use it on Johnny whenever he gets outta line
about some crazy scheme
"Sorry, that's a trade secret.."
"Too bad." Roy studied his watch closely and
when the aroma of fresh coffee wafted into the bunkroom.
"That's thirteen seconds, Cap.
A record. Looks like Chet
won't have hose tower duty today."
"Fine. Marco, that'll be your
"Hey! That's not fair.. I didn't do anything.." Lopez
my point, Lopez. It's a Cap's duty to keep his
men from getting too bored between runs, by handing
out active and fulfilling job duties." Hank said with a smile
rubbing pleased palms together.
"I'm thrilled.." Marco said sarcastically, barely a whisper, |
disguising his retort as a cough.
"Or,..would you rather a little latrine time instead so you
can stay out of the fierce summer
Marco's face flopped open in instant fear. "The tower's perfect,
Cap. I could use a
workout. At that last fire of ours,
I only ran up fifty flights of steps. What's a few more?"
"Good man. DeSoto, it's up to you and Stoker to arm wrestle
duke it out to decide who gets the chrome
or the can. I'm done
making decisions until after lunch." And Cap strolled out of the
Stoker and Roy exchanged brief looks of surprise. Then they
began eyeing each other up. Stoker
cracked his knuckles with
a feral grin.
Roy wandered into the kitchen cradling his arm and
shaking it out to work the kinks out of it.
"What's wrong with you?" Johnny asked Roy, sliding a pan
full of scrambled eggs onto pot holders
in front of the
six table settings he had laid out.
Mike Stoker entered
the kitchen and quietly took his
place at the kitchen table and sat with a significant
pleased as punch.
Gage looked from Roy's self conscious face to Mike's
smug one but wasn't
in the least clued in.
Mike piped up. "He lost."
"Lost what?" Johnny asked.
mind.." DeSoto said defensively.
Cap, sitting and biting into a cinnamon roll, grinned as
Chet finally put two and two together. "Don't be dense,
Gage. Stoker was just the
better man in a wrestle, that's
all." he smirked. "Well, well, well... Looks like the guy who
pulls toilet duty's finally been had." he teased.
"You're kidding.." Johnny said, forgetting that
was pouring Roy's coffee. He caught himself before
the spill got over the table's edge dangerously,
and into his partner's lap.
Roy's mute look said it all as he watched Johnny hastily
the scalding coffee with an agile towel.
Gage began to laugh to beat the band as he sat also
wolf down breakfast. "How could ya lose, Roy?
You must be a third bigger than Stoker is."
been doing more CPR lately?" Roy bemoaned.
Johnny gave a short nod, quite frank. "Stoker."
he laughed uproariously.
Roy glared at him with his usual unblinking frown.
down under the scrutiny immediately.
Sounds of aggressive eating filled the air with slurps
silverware chinks and china dings until breakfast
was a thing of history. Then Cap leaned back and
"First thing after all the chores are done.." and he
tossed a slate full of unorganized run
logs and fire calls
with an echoing bang, onto the table.
The packet clipped into place was
nearly half an inch thick.
All the gang's faces slacked open.
"Uh, what's this, Cap?" Johnny
"What's it look like? They're our run sheets from last
month. A new procedure's
been drafted. Each company
shift's now responsible for tidying up the log book, and
copies of each incident, in triplicate, for the
final send to headquarters."
Dead silence met
Then Kelly cleared his throat. "Uh, Cap. There must be
some kinda mistake here.
You see, we're firemen, not
secretaries. Besides, doing all those would take us all
hours, if not
days to do. I'll just bet not one of us types
better than twenty words a minute."
"Tough." came Cap's easy reply. "I can't help it if that's|
a secondary skill you men have chosen
not to develop.
It's a requirement in the captaincy. Work it out. You have
three days to get this
mess into some semblance of order."
"But isn't that the Cap's duty to record into the official
"Not anymore. For once, McConike's finally laid the
groundwork for something I actually
agree on.. It's about
time the paperwork duties are shared as equally as
the chores around here.."
No one voiced the thought every man was thinking, about
Cap never getting latrine or mop duty.
Johnny slumped, pushing away his half empty plate with a
sigh and he buried his face into a hand
as he regarded the
fat slate before him.
Cap asked. "What's the matter, Johnny? Don't like
"All the sudden, I'm not very hungry."
"Eat. Then type. And that's
an order..." Hank said.
"I got the dishes." he commented, getting up and
clearing all the plates
into a stack, one by one, except
the meal in front of Johnny. "Then I'll be right with
straightening out that g*d awful mess there." he
said pointing to the pile of bundled run sheets.
"I planned ahead and got five typewriters ordered from
The doorbell rang.
lifted his head. "And that's most likely the courier
delivering them right now. Stoker, go answer
"Chop, chop the rest of you. The faster we clear the
faster we can get started.." Cap said.
Stoker opened the rear door from the yard and
hastily got out of the way as a handtruck, laden with
five heavy boxes, barreled into the station. "Oops,
sorry, young fella. Sorry to be hurrying, but
I got ten
deliveries to make by noon." the UPS man said.
He wheeled the station's new typewriters
garage and unloaded them against the wall. Then
he leaned on the door frame, dragged out
and wiped his red face. "Man, what a scorcher today.
Whooweee.." he gasped, enjoying the
cool air of
the bay. Then he swallowed. "Say, is there any
chance I can bum a glass of water off
ya? I drank
a little too much soda today and I'm parched."
"Let me go get you one.." Mike offered.
a minute." Then he took the man's slate pad, "I'll
go take this to Cap to sign."
I'll wait here." the older man sighed.
"Have a seat.." Stoker offered, indicating a bench
"Don't mind if I do.."
Stoker went into the kitchen.
He returned with a tall
glass of ice water just in
time to see the delivery man sagging down the
wall. "Hey, DeSoto, Gage!!
On the double!"
He caught the flushed man as he fainted and
lowered him to the floor just
as a tremendous
seizure gripped him.
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Subject : [EmergencyTheaterLive]
Date : Sat, 29 Mar 2003 01:52:50 +0000
Roy and John looked up from
where they were drying dishes
"Huh?" Johnny gasped.
Everyone in the kitchen
ran for the garage in haste. Gage
took one look at the convulsing man and the hard time
having keeping his airway open and he said
said. "Cap! We gotta move... Marco! Get the gear.."
Johnny and Roy fell onto their knees by Stoker as they
both reached for the fallen man. "Stoker?"
while he felt the man's pulse. He only briefly looked at
Mike for what he knew. "What
happened here? Let's get
him on his side. Easy.."
The UPS delivery man's eyes were rolled
up into his
head and his hitched breathing sounded almost painful as
he was thirsty and very warm. When I got
back with his water, I found him passing out just as
see him now. He's been seizing only for half
a minute." Mike replied. Stoker kicked a typewriter box
out of the way that was a little too near the man's head.
Roy looked at Marco, who had first
resuscitator from the squad's side compartment.
Stoker turned on a high flow of
02 through the
demand valve's mask and began to use it to create
some fuller breaths for the man
in order to turn away
his mild cyanotic color.
John nodded after his primary assessment.
"His airway's fine now. Roy, his carotids are much
stronger than his radial pulses and he's more than
a little warm. This flush looks like sunburn."
"Heat stroke?" Roy guessed as he loosened
clothing and belt for more inspiration room. He started
to listen to how the man was
breathing with a stethoscope.
"That'd be my guess." John said frankly. "Mike, see if
cushion his head, but don't interfere with or
restrain him in any way."
let's get him stripped down."
Chet tossed Stoker a folded burn pack for him to
use for a pillow
and then he began opening a shock blanket
immediately after. Kelly slid the defibrillator and
with a foot nearer to Roy and Johnny, while he
unfolded the sheet as fast as he could.
crouched only briefly over the man to help
Marco open the shaking man's shirt where he
on his side, then he rose. "Marco,
after you're through patching him in, grab some
ice from the
yard's soda cooler and hoof it back
here with a load, would ya?"
Johnny nodded vigorously in
agreement from where
he was taking a hasty BP on his patient, letting Roy
keep the stethoscope,
getting a systolic reading by
guiding touch alone.
"You got it.." Lopez said. He ran through
door. On a thought, he opened the idling UPS truck's
cab and switched off the running
ignition and threw
on the truck's emergency brake. As he hurried he
heard another order from Cap
float out of the shed.
"And get out a portable smoke fan, we'll use it
to start cooling him
down. Also punch up
both garage doors, the cross wind might help."
Marco snatched open the chest cooler that was humming |
outside against the back of the station nearest
tower and soccer kick guided a drying mop bucket close
until it was handy to use as
a way to transport the ice
they so desperately needed for their stricken visitor.
Meanwhile, inside, Johnny drew out the defib paddles
and took a quick reading while Roy checked
the leads connecting from the biophone to the EKG monitor.
"He's showing sinus tach,
Roy. With considerable physical artifact."
The finding made Johnny grip the man's carotid again for
quality. "Still viable though." He tossed the paddles aside
back into the open case. He swept appraising
their victim, who was now only in briefs.
Only then did Cap move over to the radio
station to heft
up the acknowledgement microphone. "L.A., this is Station 51.
We have a still alarm
at our location. Respond an immediate
ambulance, Code R."
##10-4, 51. Ambulance is responding.
Driver reports his
ETA as four minutes. Your time out, 8 : 06.##
"Station 51, KMG 365, 10-4."
and he sighed, returning to
hover back over the working team of paramedics and firemen.
sinus tach came on the monitor in front of Cap,
but in moments, it seemed, the man's heartbeat grew
more coarse and wide peaked into a more chaotic tach.
Roy snaked a hand to the man's neck
kept it there while he phoned out. "Rampart, this is Squad 51.
How do you read?"
Dixie McCall replied when she heard the response buzzer sound
above her head. Seconds later, she was
pressing the call out
toggle on the base station intercom.## Unit calling in, please
and she flipped on the wall recorder.
"Rampart, this is rescue 5-1."
##Go ahead, 51. ##
Dixie said getting set a chart note pad
and pencil. She tapped on the window glass to get Dr. Morton's
attention about the run. The young intern returned his reading
chart to the holder and entered the
room to listen to
Roy's report as Dixie documented it in writing.
"Rampart, we have a male,
aged approximately 60-62 years
of age. He is currently down with a witnessed seizure.
Two and a half minutes. Rampart, he also appears
grossly febrile and not at all diaphoretic. Cooling
measures are in
progress as well as assisted ventilations on 100 % O2."
DeSoto said to the hospital
staffers as he watched
his partner show Marco and Chet where to place the
chilling ice. Piles soon
appeared around the twitching man's
axilla area, and thickly around his head and neck, ankles, groin
and wrists inside the shock sheet the others had wrapped
Roy cupped the
phone's receiver onto his shoulder, muffling
it. "Stoker, keep tabs on his carotid for me, will ya?
I'm letting go. Ignore the monitor even though it's showing
a beat. Trust only what you feel. He may
go sour on us
Stoker nodded, taking over his hold with a grip of his own.
Roy was now free to write down the information he had
gathered from his assessment.
##51, what are the patient's vitals?##
Gage was already biting open an IV of normal saline
he smacked a box of intravenous tubing against
Chet's knee for him to open as well, in anticipation
use. He barely waited for a pause in Roy's account when he
added. "Roy, pulse is, 134 and
weak. Respirations are 30 and
shallow. Pupils are slightly dialated and sluggish. BP is...
by palpation. Still working on the temp."
Roy parroted the vitals signs as he heard them,
his nose while he watched Stoker maintain
good color on their patient. "30? And shallow?" he
"Yeah.." Johnny confirmed.
Roy nearly dropped the phone when the man's belly
began to heave.. "Mike.. Watch it..! Watch it.
He's starting to vomit.."
Stoker pulled away
the mask and supported the
man's head on his arm while some emesis gushed
from his lips. Gage
tossed him a syringe bulb from the
02 apparatus case and some gauze 4 X 4's.
"Here! See if
you can clear him first with this before
anyone goes running to get the suction. This way's faster."
Cap bent to help Stoker hold the man's face firm despite
each violent convulsion, while Mike worked
to keep him
from aspirating anything into his lungs.
Chet asked. "Are we cooling him too fast..?"
"No. He's not shivering yet." Johnny said tartly.
"You and Marco, just keep doing what you're
he jogged his head animatedly at Chet and Lopez while
they hand shovelled ice into the
yellow bundle of plastic
sheeting cocooning the man.
Roy reported the event once he was convinced
on top of it. He also told Rampart about the feed he had
set up and about relaying his
cardiac telemetry through
to them on Lead Two.
##10-4, 51.## Morton replied.##Does your victim
a gag reflex?## considering his options on reducing
the man's most serious complication.
Roy watched the man as he heaved a bit abdominally in response |
to Mike's evacuation attempts with
the oral bulb whenever
he reached in to sweep it over the man's tongue. "That's
But it doesn't look like he's bringing up much
beyond the initial amount. It appears to be all liquid."
Mike spoke up. "Roy, he did tell me that he drank too much pop."
"Soda?" Roy asked.
nodded as he moved faster to clear the man's mouth.
"I'll just bet his blood glucose's screwed
up, too, on top of
his being drier than all get out." Gage mumbled. "Marco check
over there for any sign of medical ID."
"Rampart, our witness mentions that our victim spoke
consuming a lot of soft drinks prior to collapse."
Mike Morton sighed and leaned
onto the counter meeting
Dixie's eyes.##Do what it takes to regain good air
exchange, 51. His
pulse is accelerating.## he affirmed by
looking at the monitor.
Cap got a pulse count. "It's
up. Rate's 160 now." he
told Roy to confirm what Morton had found.
Stoker finally got nothing
but air into his bulb.
"I got him. I got him.." And he quickly sent some vents in,
timed with the
man's own. The fluttering pulse he
felt under his fingertips began to ease subtly and slowly
first, but soon thereafter, by more than twenty beats
Morton spoke over the phone.##Good
Did he aspirate, 51?##
DeSoto shook his head as he listened to the man's breath
sounds around the ice piled there, with his stethoscope.
"That's negative, Rampart." Roy sighed
Cap finished wiping the man's face clear with the dish towel that
he had jammed into his pants pocket, in
between Mike's 02 delivered vents. "Looks like we got lucky."
Morton went on. ##All right, enough's enough. Let's get a handle
on those uncontrolled convulsions.
Start an IV, 51.
A 500 cc bolus IV of Normal Saline and run it wide open.
Administer 10 mg Diazepam
IV Push. Monitor him carefully for
dysrhythmias, 51, as it goes in. Titrate the diazepam
to seizure resolution level. He's too irritable cardiac
wise for any more than that.##
IV, Normal Saline, wide open. Diazepam
IVP until seizure is counteracted. 10-4."
"Man, I can't
get a vein.. Chet.. kneel on his hand, will you?
Hold this arm still as you can.." John grunted, holding
his needle well away from Kelly and the convulsing man
until he had good room to work. "Pump up that
again, too, while you're at it.."
Chet did as he was told and everyone held their breaths
while the blood pressure valve quietly snicked tight. It barely
raised a shocky vein. But it was enough.
Seconds later...."I got it.." Johnny grinned, when he saw his
catheter's flashback. Gage snatched
for the flowing end of the
hanging IV that Kelly had hung from the squad's side mirror.
connected the two together while he taped up the
rest of the IV and swabbed down its medication's
port for Roy
Roy slowly injected the global sedative until the man went limp
relaxed into a post seizure turpor. His patient's color
paled and the sinus tach widened, turning
a bit closer, into
something else. Roy pulled the med needle out of the IV line.
"That did it.."
But he didn't smile. The EKG began to show
"Stoker. How's he doing?" Johnny asked.
"Still got a carotid. It's easier to ventilate him now."
"It should be.." Gage coughed. "We
just knocked out
most of his involuntary muscle abililty." he said
taking another BP, this time
with the stethoscope.
Roy did not look away from the monitor.
Marco looked up from his
search of the man's belongings.
"There's no sign of an ID, medical or otherwise. But I
name's Marty Anders."
At everyone's puzzled frowning, he said. "Oh, I read it from
a name tag
he had pinned to his jacket in the delivery truck.
I shut off its engine when I went out to get the
Gage held up his thermometer he had taken R. "It's a
hundred fo--... Hold it..." he froze,
studying a suddenly
off rhythm on the EKG screen. "He's in V-Tach!.......Mike?"
"I can't feel
a pulse anymore."
At the same time, the radio burst into life. ## 51, defibrillate.
seconds.## Morton ordered.
"10-4, starting CPR." Roy confirmed. "Marco.." he indicated
the others rolled the man onto his back, whose color had
now washed into a bluish ghost of its prior
"Right." Lopez nodded and started vigorous chest compressions.
Gage gelled the
paddles and waited for the charger to build.
"One. Two. Three... Four hundred watt seconds.. Clear!"
Everyone lifted their hands off the man.
Johnny delivered his first shock.
monitor indicator leaped but didn't convert, instead
it fell into a course V-fib.
he announced. "Recharging.." he said, hitting
the power up switch once more.
Again, he defibrillated.
To no avail.
"Nothing..." Roy grunted.
Marco and Stoker instantly continued their CPR.
Roy picked up the phone. "Rampart, we've no recapture..Request
permission to insert an esophageal
airway.." he said, his voice
tight with stress.
##Go ahead, 51. Then administer 1 mg 1/10,000
epinephrine IV and
then defibrillate again.##
Cap's head lifted when he heard the arriving ambulance
the boulevard through the open garage doors. He saw it pull
into the station's driveway.
He jogged over to them to show them
where their victim was.
Roy and Johnny worked for a very
long two minutes securing
the airway and switching to an oxygen supported ambu bag.
countershock failed as well.
The two ambulance attendants took over Lopez's compressions
Roy said, "Still nothing, doc.."
Morton bit his lip. "Just what
the h*ll's going on here? This is
just an environmental injury...isn't it?" he mumbled.
overhearing, shrugged. "Your guess is as good as mine."
Morton slammed the response button down
hard with a palm.
## 51, start a Lidocaine drip of 1.5 mg's and follow up with one amp
bicarb. Time we equalize his blood's acidity and give his system
a reason to start working again.
"10-4. One amp bicarb and a 1.5 mg Lidocaine drip." Roy
called aloud for Johnny's benefit.
The dark haired medic already had out the right things,
guessing ahead of time, their need, and
he handed Roy the large bicarb
syringe after squirting some of it out to alleviate its trapped air.
##Then administer another milligram of epinephrine. IV Push.
Continue CPR for two minutes then
defibrillate once more.##
"An additional mg 1/10,000 epinephrine IV and counter shock
10-4, Rampart.." Roy repeated.
Johnny waited for Roy to administer the Lidocaine before he |
followed suit with his cap popped epinephrine.
"Let's just hope
the lidocaine does the trick. I really don't think he'll handle
"Let's hope so.." DeSoto grunted as he completed his
while they waited for the medication
to start working.
Then, after the fourth try using the
defib paddles, a tentative cardiac
rhythm bloomed on the monitor and soon Johnny felt a carotid
weakly beating at the man's neck. "We got him back."
Roy lifted the phone.
"Rampart, we're showing a sinus
rate of about 52 and we've regained a carotid pulse."
fed him a new set of vitals after snatching
the stethoscope from around Roy's neck. "BP's 102/58.
Respirations are 14." He watched the ambulance attendant
switch the ambu attachment for the
portable 02 tank that Stoker had wheeled up from the
relayed the news.
## I see it. Continue monitoring vitals and watch
for signs of overcooling.
Continue the 02 and transport
as soon as possible. Call me back if his pulse rate doesn't
back up to normal in transit.##
A few minutes later, Johnny and Roy had the man
up for the gurney and together they loaded
the delivery man into the awaiting ambulance.
went with the patient with the gear while Roy
remained behind to follow in the squad. He got in
driver's seat and leaned out the window.
"This is irony for you.. How many times have I ever went
10-6 to Rampart on a call out of the stationhouse?"
"Twice, I think.." Chet said literally. "Once
for that girl's
father with his sudden MI and then the other time when
that crazy family pulled
up with the burning trailer with
the trapped kid in the driveway."
"Oh, yeah. Forgot about
those two." DeSoto admitted.
Cap sighed, backing away so Roy could pull out.
"Let me know how
he does. If he wakes up,
tell him I'm calling his boss to come pick up the
"That's if he wakes up while I'm with him.."
Roy grinned. "He's pretty out of it with his
and overall condition there, Cap."
"Yeah, I know. But he just strikes me as
the type who'll
fuss over his vehicle, know
what I mean?"
"Yeah." And Roy was gone.
Chet, Marco and
Stoker looked at the papers
and ice and water and plastic sheeting strewning the
looks like a tornado struck in here." Kelly
"It did. A force of six. We're always
like that on
a medical call so don't act like such an amazed twit .
Go close both main doors and
then you guys
clean up over there. I'll go move the typewriter boxes
into the kitchen." Cap said.
Soon, only a freshly mopped spot marked the place
where a man had nearly died fifteen minutes
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