The Paramedics

Updated on December 14, 2017

Detective Wilfredo Cruz was hoping that whatever happened at the crime scene, someone from his unit would have secured it. The death was caused by choking with a belt so nothing from the scene should be molested until he got there. It was simple procedure in his eyes.

Before the first hour was up Cruz would have arrived at the crime scene to find a novice team of paramedics had taken the dead person. A very dead person. A person that was made to stay dead after the belt was removed from around his neck. A person who got the life choked the fuck out of him. For a last ride to a nearby emergency room.

There at the emergency room, they were told that the hospital policy accepted patients who were at least clinging to life. They were turned away and the flustered paramedics would mill over that decision and that policy. They would then decide to drive to the next hospital a little further downtown, hoping they had a different set of policies.

They assumed that their passenger had to be accepted by someone in the medical business. There just had to be a vacancy in the hotel for the dead.

The paramedics assumed they were doing the right thing by taking the body to the hospital. They assumed their job was to transport the hollow, and give passage to expiration. They needed an address so that they could send the bill. They assumed that everyone at the crime scene trusted them to do their job, but as in everything else, assumption was a mother fucker to the most egregious mistakes.

The second hospital turned them away and they had nowhere else to go. They've gotten tentative approval by the uniforms at the crime scene to remove the body because the police assumed the paramedics knew the procedures. There was no doubt that if the paramedic crew hadn't removed the cadaver, the police wouldn't have allowed it to be touched by anyone else.

With tails between their legs, the paramedic crew had to return the body back to the street. Back to the crime scene. They had to take the body back and place it where it was strangled on the bed. Back to where everyone else were combing the room for dirt, lint, hair and fiber. Uniforms fighting time so that all the evidence would stay relevant. The lab techs were to dust surfaces in the room that seemed to be undisturbed and apart from the body.

Cruz exploded. “Where the fuck is the body?”

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    © 2017 Frank Atanacio


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      • Frank Atanacio profile imageAUTHOR

        Frank Atanacio 

        12 months ago from Shelton

        Shyron thank you so much

      • Shyron E Shenko profile image

        Shyron E Shenko 

        12 months ago from Texas

        Wow Frank, you sure know how to describe real screw-ups and paint a picture of incompetence.

        Excellent writing

        Blessings always

      • Frank Atanacio profile imageAUTHOR

        Frank Atanacio 

        14 months ago from Shelton

        Genna thank you for talking with that crew.. or at least listening in LOL

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        Genna East 

        14 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

        What a mess! I can hear the paramedic crew talking in the van: "Well, if they won't take the body here, let's try over there. Hey Joe -- you got a copy of the chapters on forensics in our Paramedics Guide? What the hell are we supposed to do with this body now? Maybe we can slip it back without anyone noticing."

        Humorous and "crazy but it happens," writing Frank, that gets to the point of irony fast. Well done.

        And best wishes for a Merry Christmas. :-)

      • Frank Atanacio profile imageAUTHOR

        Frank Atanacio 

        14 months ago from Shelton

        Thanks Billy for being a constant bless you bro

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        Bill Holland 

        14 months ago from Olympia, WA

        Tragically hilarious! Love the last line!

      • Frank Atanacio profile imageAUTHOR

        Frank Atanacio 

        14 months ago from Shelton

        Yea Nell I Like that funny in a macabre sort of way.. yeah.. I'll buy that..:)

      • Nell Rose profile image

        Nell Rose 

        14 months ago from England

        One big major mess up! LOL! funny in a macabre sort of way! LOL!

      • Frank Atanacio profile imageAUTHOR

        Frank Atanacio 

        14 months ago from Shelton

        LOL Thank you Eric :)

      • Ericdierker profile image

        Eric Dierker 

        14 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

        The whole premise is absurd. Which is why I think it may be true. Very fun read friend.

      • Frank Atanacio profile imageAUTHOR

        Frank Atanacio 

        14 months ago from Shelton

        LOL.. im sure they would

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        Clive Williams 

        14 months ago from Jamaica

        That would be a good laugh. Not knowing where to take the dead and even more dead body. I certainly hope the paramedics know where to take mine.

      • Frank Atanacio profile imageAUTHOR

        Frank Atanacio 

        14 months ago from Shelton

        thank you.. I think

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        14 months ago from london

        What a strange one, Bro. Pretty unusual story. But it's cool. Shows something new. Nice one!

      • Frank Atanacio profile imageAUTHOR

        Frank Atanacio 

        14 months ago from Shelton

        Nikki thanks for the visit :)

      • Frank Atanacio profile imageAUTHOR

        Frank Atanacio 

        14 months ago from Shelton

        LOL yeah Flourish... poor stiff

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        Nikki Khan 

        14 months ago from London

        Very interesting hub Frank, been explained very well about the procedure of a crime scene and paramedics' struggle with the dead person.

        Many Blessings.

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        14 months ago from USA

        Yikes. Poor dead guy. Gets the life choked out of him then gets a ride around town to no avail.

      • Frank Atanacio profile imageAUTHOR

        Frank Atanacio 

        14 months ago from Shelton

        thank you amarpreet... :)

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        Amarpreet kaur 

        14 months ago from India

        What a wonderful hub . Great one my friend, very powerful hub


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