EDWARD J. REARDON 1943-2007 Eddie Reardon once told author Studs Terkel that when he died, "I'd like to be cremated and then shot out of a cannon during the '1812 Overture' when they set off the fireworks at Grant Park. That'd be a nice sendoff."Mr. Reardon's observations on life and death during his 15 years as a Chicago Fire Department paramedic were captured by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Terkel in his 2001 book, Will the Circle Be Unbroken? Reflections on Death, Rebirth and Hunger for a Faith.
(Original publication: August 3, 2007)HARRISON - A fire official responding to an accident averaged 79 mph on Harrison Avenue before colliding with a civilian vehicle at a school intersection, a Westchester County investigator says.Michael Susi, a county police investigator, concluded there was no way the vehicles could have avoided the accident at Harrison and Union avenues six weeks ago.
A fully-trained paramedic will now always be on duty in Aylesbury, High Wycombe and Milton Keynes after a successful pilot in Aylesbury. The bikes are made with sirens and blue lights and the paramedics have undergone specialist training. The South Central Ambulance Service Trust is also placing a bike in Oxford. The trust says the big advantage of using bikes is that they can get to patients in places which ambulances might struggle to reach, such as shopping centres and pedestrianised zones.
HUNTINGTON, Utah - Efforts to reach six coal miners trapped more than 1,500 feet underground will take at least three days, and rescuers weren't even sure the men had survived the cave-in, one of the mine's owners said Tuesday.Crews worked through the night in shifts, with teams coming and going along the road leading to the Crandall Canyon mine in a forested canyon.
HUNTINGTON, Utah - Six miners were trapped by a cave-in Monday at a coal mine five miles from the epicenter of a small earthquake, authorities said. By midday Monday, eight hours after the underground cave-in was reported, rescuers were trying to reach the miners. They had not had any contact with them.Officials were also trying to determine which came first, the earthquake or the collapse.
Minnesota officials said the emergency response to the deadly failure of a major bridge in Minneapolis went smoothly with the exception of some communications glitches, in an event that is being viewed as a good test of a large regional city's ability to respond to terrorist attack or natural disaster.
Aug. 4--A year after the city of Houston made the last payment in a $79.7 million overtime settlement, more Houston Fire Department emergency workers are seeking unpaid overtime. A new group of 46 paramedics and emergency medical technicians have filed suit in Houston federal court. "They worked over 40 hours, but they didn't get paid the overtime," said their lawyer, Kristopher Ahn. "These are people who take care of us in an emergency and they are entitled to get paid for the time that they work."
MINNEAPOLIS - Divers spent a third fruitless day searching for victims of a deadly bridge collapse, finding no bodies inside a crushed car pulled earlier Saturday from the murky Mississippi River waters. Authorities said they had been unable to check at least one other car lying beneath another vehicle on the river bottom. They planned to return to work Sunday with sonar equipment to scan areas upriver and downriver.
Another five seconds, and Jay Reeves figures he might have been a casualty in the Minneapolis bridge collapse that left at least four dead.The former Louisville and Fort Knox paramedic was about 100 yards away from the I-35W bridge, driving on a street that goes underneath the bridge when he saw debris and dust. If I would have been 5 seconds faster at that moment, I would have been underneath it, Reeves said in an interview this morning. Initially you think it s not happening. It s unbelievable.
The first moments after the Interstate 35W bridge collapse were harrowing - both for the victims and for those trying desperately to rescue them. "There's people pinned, severely injured. We couldn't move them," said Minneapolis Police Chief Tim Dolan. "It was an obviously dangerous situation, (with) stuff still falling. "The decision was made to leave them." Some were trapped and dying - and little could be done, Dolan said.