Jim Page, the father of emergency medical services and the godfather of emergency medical dispatch, died Sept. 4, 2004, from sudden cardiac arrest at age 68. Perhaps it’s fitting that his death matched the “unconscious/not breathing” 9-1-1 call that in his work as a Los Angeles (Calif.) firefighter, and later, as a public safety pioneer, he often described by saying: “The ultimate contingency” has just occurred.
Got nerves? Luckily for a relatively new 9-1-1 telecommunicator, he had them in spades when recently engaging in an approximate 40-minute conversation with an armed suspect during a standoff with police on Oct. 26 at a CVS pharmacy in the Charlotte, N.C., area.
Two construction workers were thrown from a boom lift when it was struck by a freight train on Dec. 16, 2013, in West Des Moines, Iowa.
At the time of the collision, the two workers were in the passenger bucket of the lift’s articulating arm, which was raised next to the train tracks so the workers could access the underside of an on-ramp. An Iowa Interstate Railroad Train coming from the west struck the arm, throwing one of the workers 200 feet. The other was wedged on top of a pillar, hanging in place by one arm, 40 feet above the ground.