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Photos Land EMS Personnel In Hot Water

HONOLULU — What started as an idea to help fight breast cancer got some Honolulu EMS personnel in hot water. A group of female paramedics wanted to make a calendar to raise awareness of breast cancer and bring in money for the Susan B. Komen Race For The Cure Foundation. But when Komen officials got a look at the photos the project was dropped, and EMS officials said an investigation was under way.

The boobs in question are not the ones that we will alas not be seeing, but the people from the Komen Foundation and the medical director of Honolulu EMS. Oh, and the people who will send in the inevitable “This is why we aren’t respected as a profession, blah, blah, blah…) comments. No the reason that we aren’t respected as a profession is because we are a skill set that is open to everyone, including people who do it for free, people who do it until they get a “real” job, and people who do it as a side line. And because we take ourselves way to seriously. Which is beside the point.
First, I don’t much care for the Komen Foundation. They suck up a lot of money for research into cancer that should go to cancers that kill a lot more women than does breast cancer. Again, that is beside the point.
Very few people find a little cleavage, or even a lot of cleavage, offensive. Is it OK to mix cleavage with ambulances? I think so, if it’s clear, as it appears to be from what I could see on the video, that these EMTs and paramedics weren’t on duty, weren’t taking an ambulance out of service, weren’t slowing responses, and weren’t offering sex to anyone in an ambulance or out.
Of course I’m so totally out of the politically correct loop that no doubt I’m missing something. Women, who are 99% of breast cancer victims (oh, I’m not supposed to use that word) want to do something about a disease that attacks their self and other image. They come up with an idea that shows less cleavage than you see at a the average baseball game. They put the whole thing together and the organization that they were planning to help gets cold feet. Then it hits TV in an attempt to bolster ratings and cause a kefluffle. Then the EMS boss raises the alarm, rounds up the usual suspects, and the witch hunt begins.
There are enough fully clothed boobs in this story to do an 18 month calendar for the “Get A Life” foundation with two pictures per month.
You’d think people would have important things on their mind, but you’d be wrong.


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After a long career as a field EMS provider, I'm now doing all that back office stuff I used to laugh at. Life is full of ironies, isn't it? I still live in the Northeast corner of the United States, although I hope to change that to another part of the country more in tune with my values and beliefs. I still write about EMS, but I'm adding more and more non EMS subject matter. Thanks for visiting.


  1. Thinking about the important issues is contraindicated in our society. We may get mad and do something about those issues that are hurting us all. Very rich corporations cannot let us get organized,

    Bread and Circuses – got to Rome and destroyed it, will it get us too?

  2. I feel the same as you about Komen. This year they did the annual 3-day walk from the North Suburbs to Chicago in July. They started advertising for it LAST NOVEMBER. I’d like to know how much donated money got flushed down the toilet on TV commercials to raise more money. But, as you said, that’s beside the point.

    • If I were motivated enough, I suppose I could find out how much money the professionals who run that Komen fund make each year. Seems that there might be a lot of profit to be made in charity work.

  3. I was going to write about this, too.

    Since you have covered the important points, I will focus on something else.

    I was going to put a bit more emphasis on this –

    Director of Honolulu Emergency Medical Service Dr. James Ireland said in a statement: “I recently became aware of some concerns about certain City EMS (Emergency Medical Service) employees participating in a photo shoot for a calendar. I have initiated an investigation into this matter. Details of the inquiry are confidential.”

    Here is my press release about this confidential investigation. I am sworn to secrecy. All I can tell you is that they are guilty until it becomes clear that persecuting people in the media does not work.


  4. “First, I don’t much care for the Komen Foundation. They suck up a lot of money for research into cancer that should go to cancers that kill a lot more women than does breast cancer.”

    Amen. I’m 48 and have already had 3 colonscopies. I get another in two years. I’m still waiting for people to start wearing brown ribbons and t-shrts that say “Save the Assholes”. Colon cancer just isn’t as sexy.

  5. Chances are that calendar showed no more breast than you can see every freaking day in Honolulu. (Not just on the beach; even at the mall–tourists think it’s okay to wear their bathing suits wherever they go.)

    • No doubt you are right. There was lots of bare skin when I was in Hawaii. Of course some of it should have been covered, but that’s beside the point.

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