Thursday, February 18, 2010

Then and now

There are topics I really shudder to touch.  Too important, too complicated, or just things that need to be dealt with by higher powers.   It really is true that we don't know all the circumstances surrounding what happened in Hazelwood, but in the end it is clearly a low point for everyone involved.  It is just hard for me to get out of my head how different the response was to this call and what may have been one of the finest hours for Pittsburgh's public safety departments.  Nearly 32 years ago paramedics and firefighters got to the very top of a collapsing Brady Street Bridge to amputate the leg and save the life of the ironworker trapped up there. Hard to imagine any of the folks involved in that rescue being deterred from getting to someone in need by a few blocks of snow.


Blogger Vannevar said...

I'm not sure that it was the folks in the trucks who dropped the ball -- it could easily have been the (very busy) dispatchers.

Saturday, February 20, 2010 8:03:00 PM  

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