By Diane Feldman
From Syd Henry, Elmsford (NY) Fire Department: Early one morning while operating at the scene of a tractor-trailer accident on Interstate 287, which halted all eastbound traffic, my pump operator called me to report that he had just been struck by a golf ball! It seems that one of the stopped motorists decided to pass the time by practicing his golf shots. He was escorted away in handcuffs by the New York State Police and charged with DWI. He was really “driving” (golf pun intended) under the influence!
From John “Skip” Coleman, assistant chief (ret.), Toledo (OH) Department of Fire and Rescue: I was once on duty at the Senior Open golf tournament in Toledo. On the last day of the tournament, it began to rain quite heavily. I went to my car to drop off some equipment and to don my bunker coat. As I was driving my assigned “chief’s car,” a golf cart, back to the course, I noticed that some police officers and some children were gathering near the clubhouse. Jack Nicklaus had just emerged from the building. He was signing autographs and greeting the kids. I walked up to him and asked, “Would you autograph my bunker coat?” He said,” Are you kidding? Where?” I was looking for a dry place for him to sign that would be a good writing surface. He ended up signing it under the flap of the radio pocket. Needless to say, I was ready to “retire” that coat!
One fire department responded to the report of a man jumping off a high bridge. The victim landed on the ice below. It was obvious from the great height he fell and the hard surface on which he landed that he was dead when the first units arrived. One responder, dressed in his “Gumby” suit, walked over to the body, picked up the victim’s arm on which he wore his watch, looked up at the other responders on the bridge, and shouted, “Yup, it takes a licking and keeps on ticking.”
Paul Wilkinson, British scholar and author on terrorism: “Fighting terrorism is like being a goalkeeper. You can make a hundred brilliant saves, but the only shot people remember is the one that gets past you.”
Diane Feldman, a 22-year veteran of PennWell Corp., is executive editor of Fire Engineering and conference director of FDIC. She has a B.A. in English communications. She has been a yenta (look it up) for most of her life. If you have a story for the Yenta, e-mail email@example.com.