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The Paramedics


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?”

© 2017 Frank Atanacio


Frank Atanacio (author) from Shelton on February 24, 2018:

Shyron thank you so much

Shyron E Shenko from Texas on February 23, 2018:

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

Excellent writing

Blessings always

Frank Atanacio (author) from Shelton on December 23, 2017:

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

Genna East from Massachusetts, USA on December 23, 2017:

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 (author) from Shelton on December 15, 2017:

Thanks Billy for being a constant bless you bro

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on December 15, 2017:

Tragically hilarious! Love the last line!

Frank Atanacio (author) from Shelton on December 15, 2017:

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

Nell Rose from England on December 15, 2017:

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

Frank Atanacio (author) from Shelton on December 14, 2017:

LOL Thank you Eric :)

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on December 14, 2017:

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

Frank Atanacio (author) from Shelton on December 14, 2017:

LOL.. im sure they would

Clive Williams from Jamaica on December 14, 2017:

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 (author) from Shelton on December 14, 2017:

thank you.. I think

manatita44 from london on December 14, 2017:

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

Frank Atanacio (author) from Shelton on December 14, 2017:

Nikki thanks for the visit :)

Frank Atanacio (author) from Shelton on December 14, 2017:

LOL yeah Flourish... poor stiff

Nikki Khan from London on December 14, 2017:

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

Many Blessings.

FlourishAnyway from USA on December 14, 2017:

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

Frank Atanacio (author) from Shelton on December 14, 2017:

thank you amarpreet... :)

Amarpreet kaur from India on December 14, 2017:

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

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