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In EMS, Some Things Never Change

In EMS, Some Things Never Change

While desperately looking for something to watch on TV while I worked out, I came across this interesting movie from 1933. 1933, is a long time ago, but some of the things in the movie made me laugh because they are still pretty much the same to this day.

Early in the movie “Steve” and his intern partner “Joe” go on an ambulance call. When the arrive, there is a woman screaming almost incoherently. Joe starts to move into the apartment when Steve stops him.

Steve tells him about sick people, “They’re always at the top floor and they always weigh 300 pounds.”

This made me laugh out loud because it was true then and it’s still true. Although 300 pounds good well be on the light end these days.

The plot is a bit thin, but the movie is still enjoyable for the historic background.

Another funny bit is was Steve and his date are driven Lights and Sirens to a restaurant. I never did that exactly, but I can say that I hitched a ride now and then when I was in Sorta Big City off duty. That doesn’t count the times we gave Sailors on leave (it always seemed to sailors) who had imbibed a bit too much rides back to their ships. A couple of times that saved them from encounters with the local police asĀ  well, but that’s a different story.

Anyway, you can watch the movie here or on You Tube.


Oh, by the way, “Bill Boyd” went on to considerable fame in western movies. If you don’t recognize the name, you might be too young to appreciate this film.

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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.