Ambulance stories (14)

More from 2012, behind the scenes at a murder. This contains some graphic details of injuries.


Is he dead?

Depending on where you work, a job in the London Ambulance Service will put you into contact with violent crime, and scenes of such crime; this may involve serious assault, rape, and murder. In a city of such size and diversity, crimes like these are sadly more common than you may suspect. Many are never reported in the media, as the culprit is quickly found, admits guilt, and only a cursory trial is deemed necessary. Despite living all my life in London, even I was surprised how frequently people are murdered, and how often I would come into contact with this crime during my time as an ambulanceman.

Unlike other incidents, people killed as a result of a crime, whether obvious, or suspected, are not removed by ambulance crews. The scene of the death will be secured by the Police, the local area canvassed for potential witnesses…

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11 thoughts on “Ambulance stories (14)

    1. Yes, we got there before the SOCOs had turned up. They place metal steps around to walk on, and give out plastic overshoes. At the time, there were just two policeman from the response car there. It was close to our base, and we got there too quickly. I always missed those boots! 🙂
      Best wishes, Pete.

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  1. When I worked at a ship yard a guy was helping the crane move sheet steel around when one broke loose and fell on the helper….well yard guy rushed to his side and started giving CPR….the guys head was flttened and the contents were out thru the ears….CPR was given until AMS arrived about 10 minutes……I was told that OHSA says that all attempts must be made until AMS arrives….that waa 30 years ago so it may have changed by now…..chuq

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    1. We were supposed to attempt CPR on anyone who was found less than 30 minutes after the event. But in such obvious cases, and especially at crime scenes, we usually used commonsense, and were prepared to back up our actions if we had to go to Coroner’s Court.
      These days, Paramedics are actually authorised to pronounce death here.
      Best wishes, Pete.

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