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Letters in the File – Oklaloosa Selfies

blog fileMan is this typewriter dusty!  I haven’t written anyone up in a long time!  When this story first came across the feed I thought to myself, “No one is that stupid.”

I can be funny sometimes.  People are indeed that stupid.

Kayla Dubois and Christopher Wimmer (Not winner) have been arrested for taking self portrait photos with patients.  Seems harmless enough, right?  A contest between practitioners bored silly from interfacility transfers and take homes is in poor taste, violates privacy and is, well, stupid is harmless enough I guess.

Oh, not all the patients gave consent and you touched them too?  Yeah, you are a special brand of stupid aren’t you?

According to reports these idiots posed with patients who were unconscious, intubated or otherwise impaired and not able to give consent for your stupid game.  Jayne Cobb, noted philosopher, once noted when seeing a Reaver, “Cutting on your own face?  When does that get fun?”

Mr Wimmer, when does it get fun to expose an elderly woman’s breast and photograph it?

Are you fucking kidding me right now?  If I was in your chain of command you’d be gone so fast the contents of your locker would be curbside before you finished reading your termination letter.

And Ms Dubois…I…I can’t even.


The more I think about what you did to ruin the trust the public gives us makes me physically sick.  I read the story, then again and literally my joints hurt.

You didn’t screw up by taking the photos or even sharing them, you screwed up by even thinking this was a good idea in the first place.  “When does that get fun?”  Never.  It never gets fun to violate a patient’s trust especially when that violation involves touching, exposing and ridiculing.


You’re both out of here.  Your stuff is at the curb.

the Crossover Podcast – Ep 64 – Turning Passion into Retirement

In this week’s episode, HM and MC welcome back their last guest (because he wasn’t allowed to leave after finishing the prior week’s recording), Keith Graves with Graves and Associates. Keith and the guys talk about something that should be on every first responder’s three-discipliner’s mind: What in the world to do after retirement? Most cops try and […]

Why Pokemon GO is so much like EMS

Like many of the man children in the world I too downloaded Pokemon GO to see what all the fuss was about.  The idea seems OK, you go around trying to pick up creatures from random places, then try to find large arenas where you can compare yours to others. My, God…we already play this […]

Us Against Us

I heard the news today…oh boy. The live stream out of Dallas has me avoiding eye contact with my best friend for the last few hours.  Shooting pool at my buddy Motorcop’s place is in my top 10 all time best things.  So what does it say when I’m so distracted by the news that […]

Apathy is worse than absence

One of the things I hate most about EMS is apathy.  A provider who has checked out mentally and simply no longer cares is far, far worse than one who simply doesn’t show up.   I recall having a driver on the ambulance back in the day who simply didn’t care.  Slamming doors, mumbling under […]

So Now I’m Back!

From outer space! I just walked in to find you here with that sad look upon your face, I should have changed that stupid lock I should have … what? Are we not in a singing mood?   Fresh off a 2 week wandering of the coast of Alaska your Pal Happy is back in […]

Changes are a-comin’

Hey gang,   This is one of those blogger break notifications we use from time to time to step away from the keyboard and gather our thoughts. You may have noticed that over the last year or so my thoughts have been fewer and far between here at HMHQ and that was because I was […]

The Sounds of Silence

I have written before about the senses in EMS, the things we see, smell and feel.  I was prepared to write about the worst things we hear when I read an article that stopped me in my tracks.  I had to sit down here in the house and collect my thoughts while fighting back tears […]

I know that feel, Bro

My new article at Uniform Stories talks about the worst things I’ve felt as a Paramedic.  Mainly it focuses on tactile feeling instead of emotional feeling but of course when things are bad the two intertwine.   In the wake of the Orlando mass murder, many folks are sharing how hard it would be to […]

TCS – Ep 59 – SHOOT HIM!

In this week’s episode, HM and MC jump directly into the topic with little folderol and even less brouhaha. On May 28, 2016, Flagstaff officers shot and killed an attempted carjacker who was armed at the time of the incident. Whilst that may seem par for the course, that really isn’t the bigger story. The bigger […]

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