Our engine and ambulance arrived on scene of a single overturned vehicle and the female EMT was attending to the lone male patient. He said he was not injured and did not wish to be treated. A smell of alcohol was noticed. The Sheriff’s office arrived and began a sobriety test. At this point a semi automatic handgun was removed from the occupant’s waist band under his shirt. He had a permit and was not cited for DUI. No further action was necessary and our services were no longer needed.
Even though we will certainly miss things for one reason or another, we must at least prepare for every possible scenario. The female EMT always kept her distance and never turned her back on the man. She waited for the engine crew followed shortly by the Sheriff’s Office and then she proceeded to make contact.