Doug is a retired assistant chief from the Heartland of America. He spent the majority of his career as a paid guy in a volunteer system. He brings a unique perspective to the show as he’s been out of the game for seven plus years now. Mike sent me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org a while back.
It caught my eye because it wasn’t a typical response that I get his subject matter was the makeshift memorials. You find on the side of the road. We all know them and see them marking the spot. A loved one died. Mike’s take on. It is a little different, and I tend to agree with them. We as first responders have a difficult time relinquishing some memories.
And these memorials actually serve to refresh our memories. Each time we see them. Speaking from my own perspective, I can’t drive through my county and not identify spots where I’ve cut people out of cars, perform CPR, attended to a battered and mangled body from a hit and run. Or that one time I pulled the truck over to block traffic.
And found the issue to be a dog slowly and painfully dying after being struck by a car. These stand out to me and hit me at various times in places. I can understand how these memorials can serve as a trigger for those involved from the rescue side of an 📍 accident.