To the editor:
The short version of this story is that early in the morning of Jan. 14, 2014, I got out of bed too quickly and passed out. I fell like a tree, flat on my face onto the ceramic tile floor. 27 years of police work in Miami and a floor took me out! I had a serious cut on my forehead, broken nose and split lip. Very likely a concussion, too.
I realized I was in trouble and my partner, who had just had back surgery, could not help me at all. He was using a walker and could not bend over. He is a retired captain from Miami Fire Department and a former paramedic. Very frustrating from his viewpoint.
He called 911 and within a few minutes, firefighters Shawn Brant and Gerard Cicoria rolled to my rescue. To say the least, I was a mess laying there. I could have been embarrassed, but I remembered being on their side of the situation so many times that I decided to just let them help me. These gentlemen were just that. They could not have been more caring and considerate.
While we waited the brief time for the EMS truck, they cleaned me up and even got clothes from my closet to take with me to the hospital.
EMS officers Heather Demos and Brian Olive arrived very quickly. They took great care of me as they transported me to the ER.
These personnel are to be commended for their service to this community. I've never called for help before. To get this level of consideration, care and service shows the pride they have in their chosen careers.
I am grateful for all they did for me and would like the public to know the high qualities I witnessed that night.
My partner, Dan Green, later commented on how impressed he was with their high level of professionalism.
After a victim leaves the scene, normally, so do the fire personnel. This time, though it was different. Knowing that Dan could not do it the men stayed to clean up the mess I'd left on the floor. They packaged everything up neatly into a secured garbage bag.
We should all sleep better knowing that we have these people at the ready.