FULL MOON BLUES
Outside, the disbelieving |
driver didn't know if there was anyone
still left alive in the rubble
he was seeing
to answer the call...
From : "patti
Subject : [EmergencyTheaterLive] Aftermath
Date : Mon, 21 Oct
2002 19:54:57 +0000
In the blackness, the boy with glasses
looked up. He could see a yellow
flashing on the radio over his head
and could hear the dispatcher speaking.
crying steadily in small sobs
from where he sat up against the brick
wall, and he looked out into
ruins of the garage. A steady cloud of
water misted from the shattered hydrant
the street into the bay and cleared
away some of the worst of the dust.
##Station 51. Transmit
HT as an
alternative. All bands have been cleared
for you. This is L.A.. Respond....##
boy looked down.
Next to him on the ground was the
fireman who said he was captain for
He was lying on his stomach
and not moving. Remembering what his
mother taught him about helping
he got up, pushing wood chards and
debris off of himself, he quickly
microphone off its
spigot and held it to his mouth. He knew
about CB radios because his dad had
"Mister... I'm in the fire house!
The roof came down and I can't
wake the captain fire
he sniffed, very frightened.
Around him, rising warm wind from the
and sounds of frightened people
on the avenue filtered in to him.
Gasping, the boy could see
underneath the red vehicle in front of him.
It was Susie, his friend's, and it was
starting to move as if someone were
There was a long pause as L.A. checked
to be sure things were switched to a one
to one frequency. Then..Sam's voice
came back on the
I've got help coming. It's on the way. ##
Robbie could hear multiple
call signs going
out on the air behind the man's voice. All
he could think about was that it was
of numbers. 8, 10, 127 ,36, Batallion 14...
He started to memorize them in his
the dispatcher man's voice
dragged back his attention..
##What's your name?##
my teacher's name is Miss
Thorne.. We were here on a tour of
the firehouse. "
Robbie..There's been an
earthquake and that's why things
are fallen down. Do you think your fireman
Captain Stanley, is still alive? ## Sam asked.
"Yes.." Robbie replied. "He's making noises."|
#Good. How many besides your teacher
##Ok. Now, I want you to get out of
there if you can. Can you
see the daylight
from the main doors. Are they open?##
"Y-yeah. But its hard to see... The
hydrant's on and there's a funny smell
Sam was side keying a dispatch to
company to shut off service to that block
with one hand. He turned back to his
to Robbie, still inside the shattered
fire station. Already, he was getting citizen's
further damage to the
building next to Station 51 and minor reports
of some more in nearby warehouses.
were as bad as those coming in about the
#Robbie. Drop the microphone
It's not safe for you to stay. Don't worry
about your teacher and other classmates.
There are more fireman and police on
the way who'll take care of them. Now go.##
the line disconnect as the child
dropped the radio mike.
Sobbing.. Robbie, gave one last look
Cap, who was moaning as he started to
awaken, and crawled over him and over
brick piles and
sections of the ceiling rafters.
He made his way through the spraying water
from the ruptured water
line and safely
outside the collapsed garage.
Sam switched to Station 51's HT frequency
started hailing. ##Station 51. This
is L.A. monitoring on handheld frequencies
bands. Your situation
is noted and assistance
is on the way...Gas company has been
notified....Station 51, do you copy?##
Once Robbie was outside, the auto driver
who had stopped earlier,
snatched him up.
"Are you all right son? Where were you?"
He cast his eyes on the still dusting,
debris of the main garage. He couldn't see
where the boy had come from at all.
was in there..on a field trip..But I talked
to the radio dispatcher man and he has other
coming!" But then the situation
proved too much and the tiny boy fainted
in the man's arms.
The group of people from the avenue
gave shouts of dismay as the man lowered
the boy to the cracked
the boulevard to make sure he was
all right. No one had the presence
of mind to
go into the firehouse, distracted
because of their concern for the pale boy.
Roy coughed and looked over his shoulder|
just in time to see Robbie safely getting out.
were full of two weeping little kids,
still in their tour helmets. Marco, was
nowhere to be seen.
::He was right here
next to us...:: Roy thought, peering around
could hear the actions L.A.
was taking to aid them all. He snatched up
a handy talkie from inside
shattered driver's window when the squad door
didn't open. "L.A., This is Squad 51..
here. Stand by. I gotta get some of these
children out..Will advise once I know more."
could almost hear the sound of
audible relief in Sam's voice.
##10-4, 51. ETA of responding
Already, Roy could hear PD sirens growing
in the distance as they
scattered stopped vehicles on the boulevard.
Roy wiped away blood from his forehead
and he shouted, "Cap!!"
"Ughhh..h.." came a moan from his
Roy turned to the
boy and girl, gripping their
arms. "Now did you see where that
little boy just went? He was getting
out to safety.. Now I want you to
"We don't want to leave you..."
one of them
"It's ok to be scared. But there
are people out there who are
going to be able help
you better than I
can in here. You're going to be
fine.. I'll show you exactly where
out.." Roy gasped.
He lifted them over sections of
the roof and winced as cold hydrant
covered them all. ::At least
a fire can't start in here.:: He
glanced down where he saw Cap
to sit but Cap waved him
on even as he held his sore head.
"Go DeSoto.. Finish what you're
doing.. I'm ok.." Hank said. "I'm
not going to go anywhere until you're
right.. Here, Cap.." and Roy tossed
him the HT he had retrieved. He
started shouting even as he
up each child and watched them
go through the tangle of metal
garage door sheeting to
"Marco! Chet! Answer me!"
A blast of an air horn from the engine
worst of the debris pile cut
through the hiss of spouting water and
Roy smiled. ::Chester B, am
I glad to
hear you. You must've gotten your
boys into the cab all right..::
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