Fire Yenta 7/18 /03

By Diane Feldman, Managing Editor

“Driving” under the influence
From Syd Henry, captain, Elmsford Fire Department, Westchester County, New York:
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!

Sign here
From John “Skip” Coleman, deputy chief of fire prevention, Toledo (OH) Department of Fire and Rescue: I was on duty at the Senior Open golf tournament recently held 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 am ready to “retire” that coat!

Ice diving
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.”

Quote of the week
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.”

Congratulations to FDIC Official Photographer and Hackensack (NJ) Fire Department dispatcher Tony Greco, who is marrying his sweetie, Jeannie Butler, on July 27. I hope the wedding photos come out!

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Diane Feldman is a 14-year veteran of Fire Engineering; she has spent the past 13 years as managing editor. She has a B.A. in English/communications. Previously she was an editor at the American Management Association in New York City.

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