Paramedic reveals horror story behind blood-stained shoes

By Kirstin Buick
24 June 2015

An American paramedic's gruesome Imgur post has gone viral online.

Some of you guys are going to overlook this post. Some of you will make funny jokes about the shoes, and the blood. But know this, a 16yo won't live to see tomorrow. I just spent 45 minutes trying to undo this kids mistake, all to no avail. Sometimes it's to much. And when it is, I turn to Imgur to vent, or catch a couple of laughs. Don't be stupid out there people. Take it from a paramedic.
"Some of you will make funny jokes about the shoes, and the blood," he captioned a picture of these hi-top sneakers covered in blood, titled "This is my life." In two posts on the photosharing site, the 23-year-old -- known only by his username, PewPewHolstered -- drew attention to the harrowing situations he and his colleagues face every single day.
Since so many people are asking what exactly happened, I decided to do a separate post. Know now that I can not disclose names, numbers, or locations of anyone involved. First off, I'm 23yo and I've been doing this since I was 19. I have had run-ins with drunkards, layabouts, and every sort of scumbag you can imagine. I have also come across some of the sweetest, most caring people that usually only need a hand to hold, or a ear to talk into. In this particular case, a couple of boys from the local neighborhood decided they were going to harass a local security guard. The Guard kindly asks them to leave the premises, in which case the get rowdy and eventually throw something at the security guard. The security guard runs the hooligans off and resumes his post. In no time at all the boys come back with more of their friends, and are armed. The security guard asks them to leave once more, and one of the boys responds by firing a round into the air. At this time the security guard, who just so happens to have been in a certain branch of the military that is knows for rapid quailing of acts of violence, takes cover and immediately calls for back up. While this is going on, the boys start firing at the security guards cover. The officer then utilizes his God given talents, and quickly takes out a few of the boys. This breaks the group up, and they all scatter. The amazing thing is, that the security officer then started to try and save the boys. When ambulances arrived on scene, we did what we could and got on our way. My crew being the last on scene, we took the last patient who just happens to have been the 16yo kid I'm my previous post. I did all that I could have for him, and even though we were no farther than 10mjn away from a trauma center he did not make it. Those of us in EMS have a saying though, "the patient can die in their house, or at the hospital, but no one dies in the back of our ambulance. Thanks for the interest guys. I have plenty more.

"I have had run-ins with drunkards, layabouts, and every sort of scumbag you can imagine," he went on.

On the night in question, he had been called to the scene of a shooting, where a group of local "boys" had been harassing a security guard.

Eventually, the boys started firing at the guard, who "just so happens to have been in a certain branch of the military that is knows for rapid quailing of acts of violence".

"The officer then utilises his God given talents, and quickly takes out a few of the boys. This breaks the group up, and they all scatter," the paramedic continues.

"The amazing thing is, that the security officer then started to try and save the boys. When ambulances arrived on scene, we did what we could and got on our way. My crew being the last on scene, we took the last patient who just happens to have been the 16yo kid [sic.]".

The teenager didn't make it.

"Those of us in EMS have a saying though," the paramedic concluded his post. "The patient can die in their house, or at the hospital, but no one dies in the back of our ambulance."

Additional sources: mirror.co.uk, news.com.au

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