At least two union paramedics are facing discipline in the death of Curtis Mitchell, who died following almost a dozen calls to EMS during Snowmaggedon in February.
“The truth is, there was a total system failure,” union grievance chairman Tom Polito said.
“There are no grounds or merit to discipline,” he said. “Zero.”
Are you freaking kidding me?
You know what? Is anyone out there denying that there was a total system failure?
Has anyone said, “Oh, Lukey, you’re off the hook for the mass incompetence displayed during Snowmaggedon because hell, the whole system failed?”
Has anyone said, “Oh, plow truck drivers who called in sick, you’re off the hook because dang, that was a lot of snow on the roads. And besides, you were operating with an outdated plow map?”
Has anyone said, “Michael Huss, you’re off the hook because, hell, you weren’t even in town what with the birthday shenanigans going off the chizzain up there in the mountains?”
No. EVERYONE is on the hook. EVERYONE should see consequences, because there was a TOTAL SYSTEM FAILURE and all the parts of the system are responsible for that total system failure.
If a group of people are holding up the four walls of a barn during a barn raising and they all walk away from their walls too early, causing the entire barn to fall down, do we say, oh, you’re all off the hook because you ALL let go?
Hell no. We kick all four of those losers in the ass for their incompetence in holding up a stinkin’ wall. Luke let his wall go. Michael Huss let his wall go. The EMS system let their wall go. And these paramedics let their wall go. And the barn fell down.
I would like to interject that I know nothing about barn raising other than it sounds like something the Amish do, so please don’t comment, “Gee. You know nothing about barn raising, do you?” I don’t. I just admitted it.
A paramedic who tells a dying man that he needs to walk to an ambulance through two feet of snow, instead of, oh, I don’t know, realizing, “Hey, I’m the healthy non-dying one. Maybe I should get out of this truck, do my job, serve the sick people, and walk over and at least check this dude out,” REALLY ought to face some consequences.
This “no grounds or merit to discipline” is the most ludicrous, lying sack of crap I have smelled in quite some time, and I recently stood six inches from an elephant.
I’m naming you, Tom Polito, the next Annoying Burgher for not admitting what is so plain as day that even Stevie Wonder could see it and be all, “Ow! It hurts! Where are my sunglasses?!” and that is this: Your people let go of their wall.
You’re the next Annoying Burgher and your crown is in the mail and by crown I mean two things, 1. a framed copy of 50-year-old Curtis Mitchell’s obituary. Hang it somewhere where you’ll be reminded every single day that this lost human life is actually more important than protecting your excuse-making union members.
Also, 2. a flaming bag of elephant poo.