Theresa- sorry to hear about your loss. I see you are in the Muddy Angels group, so I assume you know a little bit about what we do and why we do it. Obviously it's a tragedy when anybody dies, but to lose someone like that is just terrible. Will you be able to participate in the Bike Ride at all? Riding for your lost colleague is a great way to remember them and continue in their honor.
On a slightly positive note, we had a crash recently where the drunk dumbass was going the wrong way around a ramp. Local FD called for a helicopter, but the patient arrested right before the heli landed. They ended up canceling and taking another call. FD got a pulse back and transported to the Level II nearby. While the pt was being worked in the ED, State Police took the drunk into the trauma room. They made him watch and said "LOOK AT WHAT YOU DID. YOU DID THIS. YOU KILLED HIM" and so on. Really made him sober up fast.
Great. This year the Kentucky portion of the ride will stop in Abingdon, VA for a night. Hope you can help out there. I won't be on that portion of the ride; I'll be riding down the valley into Roanoke. Think you'll be able to make it there for the weekend?
Ironically, one of our local flight paramedics was killed this morning while on his way to work. He was hit head on by a drunk driver going north bound in the south bound lane of interstate. The drunk driver was driving on revoked license, and was a habitual offender for DUIs. It's sad, we're now without one of the best paramedics in the region because of a very poor judgement made (apparently repeatedly) by this person. The drunk driver was flown out, and his injuries seem to be nothing when compared to our friend that lost his life. I don't know that we can do enough, maybe we do need stiffer penalties for them. The jails here are already full, so we definitely need another option to keep them off the road.