Death... Something that we as firefighters have to deal with. A part of the job. There isn't any way to become used to it. If it no longer effects you then maybe a different line of work is in store for you. In the short time that I have been a part of the fire service I cannot or should I say that I do not want to remember those scenes that I have been on where someone has lost their life. Thankfully none of these has been a fellow firefighter and I hope to never experience that loss. There are a couple of calls where the deaths have stuck with me and I think that they will forever be ingrained in my memory. The first was a 12 year old boy that drowned in the irrigation canal that runs through town. We were able to pull his 15 year old friend from the water alive. It was close to 24 hours after they went into the water that we recovered the body of the 12 year old. It was a bad situation from the beginning and we went above and beyond what was safe for us but it was still our fault that we could not rescue both boys. The second death that I will always remember was the result of a MVA. The girl looked to be right about my age and I think that is why it has stuck with me. I can still see the way that her glasses were tangled in her hair. She wasn't wearing a seat belt. Its always a wonder to me how some can walk away from a pile of twisted metal and then some where a vehicle is just on its top can kill someone. It is part of our job that no matter what we do we cannot keep it from happening...Death
PS- What I intended to say was that with the the boy that drowned was that part of our community put the fault on us for not doing enough.