Category Archives: General

As organized as a food riot

So I’ve been a Detective for a year now, and I’m almost as organized as Fred Sanford’s front yard. I’ve never been what you would call OCD, organized, or, for that matter, “all there.”

That being said, it’s starting to hinder my work performance that I can’t keep track of cases, suspects, witnesses, or tools. I swear I go through 20 pens a week. Evidence hasn’t been an issue, as once it’s collected and processed, there’s no delay before it gets dropped into property.

For those veteran desk jockeys out there, how do you do it? How do you keep track of everything and everyone? If you have a system, app, mantra, or gnome who helps, let me know. PLEASE!!

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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!  This is a year of rebirth for both this blog, and The Pig himself.  May 2012 bring you everything you want, and nothing you don’t!

English: A Happy Family.

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It’s been a while

Dear readers, life has recently given me a grundle-thump.  It’s been WAY too long since I’ve done anything constructive with this blog, and I’ve sadly neglected it.  My hope is that with the new year (and a little help) I can revive things.  My goal is to make at LEAST one post per week.

Why I do what I do

I’ve been asked more times than I can count why I put myself through EMT school if I have absolutely no desire to change careers.  The answer is simple: “Family Tradition”.  You see, TraumaPoppa was a career EMT for a little over 40 years (right?! I’m not even 40 years old and I can’t imagine being at the SAME employer for a literal lifetime).  He was also a volunteer firefighter before retirement.  Because of this, your humble Pig started going on medical calls around 6 years old.  Since TP (that’s TraumaPoppa, in this post) also taught CPR and first aid, I also went to those classes with him, and started helping him teach them when I was around 12.  Me and TP first tag-teamed a code when I was around 14, and since then it’s been a regular part of my life.  TraumaMama was an EMS dispatcher for his service (thus how they met and had a little Piglet) so you could say I was born with a medical side.  I have always had an interest in emergency medicine, but never really enough interest to do it full time.

A comment I left over at MotorCop gives a little more of the story:

I became a cop because I had a chance encounter one day (WAY too long ago) at 8 years old with a Police Officer. I had rode (my bike) to the neighborhood store, and when I came out, my chariot had been pilfered. I called my dad, and he called the local PD. This cop was the biggest, NICEST person I had ever met (besides Dad, of course). He made me feel instantly comfortable and safe. He asked me some questions, wrote some stuff down and then took me home in his patrol car. He even let me play with the lights and siren on the way home! That one moment solidified my career path in life. Fortunately I had the opportunity to work with this man for a few years before he retired; I’ll never forget “Head”.

As for becoming an EMT, I had a few events in my life when people VERY close to me, some Law Enforcement Officers, some family members, died in my arms and I was helpless to do anything about it. I decided I never wanted to feel that again, and went through EMT school. Will it bring them back? Hell no, nothing can. But that feeling might enable me to keep another Officer for family member around for a little longer.

What I would like to know, is why do YOU do what you do.  Everyone has some motivation for their career choices.  What’s yours?

Helluva week

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Wow.  Sorry I’ve been gone for a while, but I’m back now.  I had a helluva week that I had to recover from.  I passed my NREMT and got my certification (FINALLY!), not to mention a promotion at work to Detective.  So, in addition to plugging holes and catching babies on the road, I’m now at a (for the most part) desk job at work.  Not much of a pay increase, but the fringe bennies are nice (among them being at home with my family at night)!  Now that I have my office squared away and all my schooling and testing done with, it’s time to get down to some blogging.  With some help from my new friends at FRN, I think this is going to be a great place for us to share ideas, scream WTF!? from time to time (c’mon, you know you do it AT LEAST once a week..), and get a good laugh from our fellow road dawgs.  Thank you all for stopping by and welcoming me!!