“Help me, help me” he says as he stumbles into the small cell like public foyer of the ambulance station. A small sliding window separates him from me, only allowing me to catch a glimpse of him as he sits himself on a chair cloaked in a shadow.
“Whats going on” I ask
“I got jumped son” He mumbled.
With my station full of all my crews I paged crews to dispatch on the overhead speaker. As the shuffled in told them I needed a gaggle of them to the foyer for a possible assault victim, and I was contacting Metro for officers. I figured a mass of them would be safer than one or two and as an added benefit we had two off duty sheriffs who were on the clock that night as medics.
I keyed up the radio “County from base”
“I need metro to my location for a possible assult victim who’s walked in” I informed them.
As my crews filled the small foyer and tried to get the story from him it was apparent that something had happened. He was covered in blood. As I’m trying to get a better look through my tiny window the first of several metro officers rolled up to the station. The radio keys up and there is a long pause.
“……..County to base, does this individual happen to only have one shoe on?” Which had to be the strangest radio traffic ever said to me. Unable to give an answer I called out to the crews, to which I got the same response I had felt. Huh?! Getting the answer I relayed to county.
“County be advised subject does have only one shoe on” still unsure of what this had to do with anything what so ever, the officers talked while the crews cleaned up the patient. That was of course until the captain showed up on scene.
“Is this cinderella’s missing slipper” the captain says holding a red and white reebok sneaker “looky there! It matches!” He goes on to tell how this jack wagon of a drunk kid stumbled out of the bars and down state st bridge almost falling into traffic. The captain tells how he pulled out to approach him and as he did “the kid biffed his face off the curb, layed there for a minute stunned, jumped up and sprinted off leaving his shoe behind.”
“So he wasn’t mugged or jumped unless it was that ruthless gang The Eastside Curbs” another officer stated. We ended up transporting the subject, who still claimed to have been mugged, for a possible broken ankle to the ER. Still the strangest radio transmission I’ve ever had.