11-08-2005, 01:58 PM #1
Calls to the Busiest Fire Station in Las Vegas Valley
Ready to respond
At Station 18, the valley's busiest firehouse, workers get a wide variety of calls
It was 8:54 on a Friday night, and Clark County firefighter Mike Courtney walked up to the drooling man who was missing a nose and calmly asked him the name of the president of the United States.
"Bush," 53-year-old John Terry answered from his wooden chair on the front porch of a house on Vegas Valley Drive.
"We're just checking if you're OK," Courtney told Terry.
Terry told Courtney that he had shot himself in the face five years ago. His face had largely healed, but he no longer has a nose and he drools constantly.
Courtney and his partner, Pat Foley, both 35, had been working since 8 a.m.
As paramedic firefighters with Station 18, the busiest station in the Las Vegas Valley, they respond to traffic collisions, fights among drunken tourists on the Strip, elderly people who are ill, and gunshot and stabbing victims throughout the course of an average 24-hour shift.
Earlier in the day they scattered cat litter on roads to soak up leaking oil after a two-car collision, helped stabilize a security guard who was in a bicycle accident and likely saved the life of a man who was apparently having a stroke -- and they still had another 12 hours left before they could call it a night....
11-09-2005, 02:15 PM #2
It's nice to hear something good in the news once and awhile.
Happiness...consists in giving, and in serving others.
- Henry Drummond
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