17 Years Ago ..

On an icy wintery night I responded to a crash involving passenger car, Monte Carlo or Olds Cutless and Pickup truck, head on.

Was on a rural county blacktop road at a set of curves I had visited a few times.

Car was passing a semi and lost control striking pickup, vehicle entered ditch, rolled and driver was ejected. I found the driver laying supine next to vehicle with Deputy attempting to resuscitate. Female, mid to late 20s. She was gone. Eyes open and pupils diatated. Deputy asked me to step around to the other side of vehicle to see something, there was a car seat dangling outside the rear passenger window.

Okay now things amped up.

At this point my EMT partner started yelling at me. I found her and a young gal in scrubs holding an infant, 8 months old, unresponsive, but breathing with a good pulse. Obvious signs of trauma to head and face.

We hopped into our Ambulance, did a quick assessment, popped an IO (Interosseous) IV in infant, infant never twitched.

County had auto launched a helicopter and it soon arrived. Flight crew grabbed the infant and ran after I gave my report to them.

And that was that. As usual we never expected to hear outcome, only rarely did we.


This week my EMT partner at the time, now a paramedic and operations supervisor, texted me.

She and her hubby had recently adopted a child and through that process she met a lady whom had also adopted a child years ago.

She had adopted the baby we cared for! Who is now 17 a senior in High School at a community not far from town I live in.

She does have TBI, but is a highly functional young lady.

Whom my former partner got to meet.

And send me a picture of a fine, healthy looking young lady!

That made my day, month, year!!!



4 thoughts on “17 Years Ago ..

  1. steveknife September 15, 2021 / 9:03 am

    You just never know sometimes how things work out. Great story and for sure something to celebrate

  2. cheriewhite September 15, 2021 / 9:48 am

    A sad story with a very happy ending! Thank you so much for sharing! This made my day too! ❤

  3. Glypto Dropem September 15, 2021 / 10:17 am

    More than once I have had to use our TIC (thermal imaging camera) to search for possible additional victims at a serious crash when it could not be determined how many total victims there are.

  4. extexanwannabee September 15, 2021 / 11:07 am

    You are to be commended for your tenaciousness…Well done! We need more folks like you out there.

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