Pittsburgh Resident Curtis Mitchell: Killed by EMS Laziness?
Let this episode be a warning to Madison authorities. Something like this could be worse than the 911 scandale du jour a year or so ago, and the failure to de-ice John Nolen Drive and other major thoroughfares during this winter.
Say Madison gets yet another blizzard that lasts more than two days. If emergency medical technicians (EMTs) are called on to navigate drifts to rescue and take to hospital a stricken man or woman, and if they’re unable to move forward, those guys had better get their asses out of the truck and walk to the person’s house and take charge. Because Curtis Mitchell of Pittsburgh, PA did not have to die. His common-law wife called ten times to EMS over a two-day period, begging for an ambulance. But the workers claimed that they couldn’t get through the streets with the ambulance. Adding insult to injury, they are recorded asking the Mitchells to walk four blocks to their truck or they won’t get help.
Can you imagine your elderly aunt, pregnant daughter, or Iraq War vet injured son or husband getting this kind of bullsh*t treatment? I don’t care if it was Super Bowl Sunday. You;ve got a job to do.
Excuse me? What is their job? Being an EMS worker doesn’t mean you sit on your asses with the heater on and bitch and grumble about why you’ve got to go out there, and especially who you have to carry on a stretcher in a snowstorm. You’re a first responder, no matter what area of town they live in, or who’s winning on the gridiron. You have a vocation as well as a job. You’re paid to go out and help any individual if they call for assistance, not to tell them to come out and walk to the truck when they’re having a major coronary. (This certainly looks like what Mitchell died from.) This episode shows a towering and amazing disrespect for life among these people who are charged with saving life, and particularly, for black life.
I don’t want to hear it that these guys were pushed beyond their limits during the blizzard, and they did an heroic job despite the elements and despite people who had nothing wrong with them, and blah-dee-blah, that they should get a break. I’m all for these kinds of people getting what is owed to them and them having the right to unionize, etc. But this episode is beside the point. I say again, this man did not have to die, and pure laziness (if not racism) on the part of these EMTs caused his death.
All the lawsuits and money settlements in the world will not bring back an individual once their lives are taken away from their families and friends. Mitchell from all accounts was a law-abiding individual who paid his taxes, taxes that are used to pay EMTs. People forget who they are working for and why when they are charged with providing a public service. All of a sudden, citizens work for them, and not they for us.
Thus endeth the lesson.