By Hersch Wilson
If this hasn’t happened to you as a volunteer fire department officer, it probably will.
It goes something like this. First, there is a high-speed, head-on collision with fatalities. All the dead are teenagers. There is the dedicated and hard work of extrication of the injured, then the waiting for the Medical Investigators to show up before the deceased can be removed and placed in body bags. You are fiercely proud of your department.
But then, one of the younger guys stops what he is doing and says, “Hey, I think I know these kids . . . I gotta call my girlfriend.”
He walks off.
Another, who said he just couldn’t help with the bodies, is staring off into space.
A few months later, one of the department veterans says to you, “I keep having dreams. . . are we sure they were dead? They just looked like they were sleeping . . .”
My question to you, the volunteer officer, is what do you do? What is your game plan?