Fire EMS

On Not Taking Things at Face Value

Issue 11 and Volume 173.

Speeding ambulance
Fire/Rescue StreetSense ❘ By Kate Dernocoeur In our eagerness to help others, sometimes it’s the simple things that help most, such as checking Facebook. Wait, what? For one 14-year-old Florida girl, it was a post on the popular social media site that made all the difference. On July 7, 2020, the girl was listed as an endangered runaway after she went missing from home. The next day, Escambia County (FL) EMS dispatched a crew on a case of possible “heat stress.” Maybe the call nature wasn’t thrilling, but that didn’t stop Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Courtney Kocon from paying attention. She recognized the girl at the scene as matching the description she’d seen earlier that day on the Escambia County Sheriff Department’s Facebook page. Without tipping off the man who was with the girl, Kocon and her partner, EMT Andre Thompson, kept her safe in the air-conditioned ambulance until the…

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