Calls involving children?

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Registered: 05-15-2009
Calls involving children?
Fri, 03-15-2013 - 1:34pm

I was watching a show on Investigation Discovery that was about the murder of an 8YO girl the next town over.  It was in the paper that ID was featuring the case on their Nightmare Next Door series.  One officer who responded to the call said he had a very hard time when he first saw the girl because he had girls about that age at the time.  He said that he had to quickly separate those emotions so he could focus on the case.  

The reason my mom got out of EMS is because she responded to a call one night (children were not in seat belts) and the girl looked too much like my sister so my mom had the worst time separating her emotions from what needed to be done.  I think she resigned about a month after this.

How do you or your DH/SO deal with calls involving children?  

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Registered: 01-06-2000
Sat, 03-23-2013 - 2:04am

Those calls suck, big time...especially if the kid is hurt or dead because of adult negligence.  That just makes it worse!  My worst experience, or at least the one that sticks with me, was my first day back to work after having my first baby, and I had to take a call for a SIDS baby that was pretty close in age to my baby.  That was a toughie.  I've had other calls that sent me to the bathroom to compose myself after I was done...never fun.

My dh had a rough patch once a few years back.  Every week for I think 10 weeks straight, he had either a death or very serious call involving a minor...and some of those weeks he had more than one incident or fatality.  It was really starting to wear on him, even though he could come home and talk with me about it.  I was sure glad when that string of calls finally ended, trust me!

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