Warning: sad true story
The call went out as a 10-45, single car overturned. My crew only had 30 minutes left in our shift but we jumped into the ambulance as if it was our first call of the day. We arrived on scene and everything was quiet, too quiet.
On a straight strip of a two lane highway the car had crossed the grassy medium, flipped over and at some point split right in two. The front end and front seat went over the guardrail and down the embankment. The rear seat and trunk was still in the on coming lanes. The medics and firefighters were already on scene, the trauma helicopter had been called and I requested a second ambulance from our corp.
All four teenagers that were riding in the car had been ejected. The medic was working on our only patient, the other three had died on scene. I had to go check on those three to confirm they had no pulse, the firefighters followed me and gently covered each body with a sheet. Their ages were between 16 and 18 years old; kids at the beginning of their lives.
The helicopter was right over us when the medic on scene cancelled it. Our only patient had gone into cardiac arrest and that was a protocol of not flying. We put the patient in back of the ambulance and my crew did CPR on her for the next 15 minutes to the hospital. She didn't make it.
Four teenagers driving along a dry highway having the time of the lives. Maybe they were going to the mall or over to a friends house. Something happened for the driver to lose control of the car.
I went home that night and gave the Wife endless hugs and kisses and cried on her shoulder. That became one of those calls that reminded me to live my life like there's no tomorrow because you just don't know.