Where are the “Stone Age Heroes” ?

Where are the “Stone Age Heroes”?
The Dinosaurs and Stone agers? Aka; “Stonies” When ( Stone Age EMS on FB) popped into my brain 08/11/11; I was thinking about the men I saw blasting through my ‘Hood’ on the east side of Indy in hearse type ambulances and International Harvester Travelall ambulances when I was between 8 and 10 years old. Those men, (sorry ladies it was 1962) were my hero’s just like my brothers were.

These men had only a first aid certificate, if that! All of us “ Stonies” know that had to be totally frustrating, while also knowing that advanced skills mean so little if the basics are overlooked! And any or all of those original skills singularly or in combination can maintain or save a life. These Red Cross heroes had so much spirit, drive and a mission for their field practice. But to face morbidity and mortality with only a handful of tools and treatments took amazing courage.

If you are one of those who practiced EMS “Oldschool” before Eisenhower, Ralph Nader, AAOS, the short spine board, Hare Traction, MAST and Johnny and Roy then please allow the rest of us to take one step back to give you the spotlight. Also please make us aware of those heroes who are departed. They laid the stone path for Stone Age EMS and on into the future. The purpose being to celebrate where we (EMS) came from, where we went and where we are going. My oldest brother was one of those heroes while my next oldest brother, a hero as well, was in Vietnam in the excellent company of the U.S.M.C. Both of these men are humble about their public service and sacrifice.
For the historians among us, please write all you like about the military contribution to modern medicine. By the time Dwight and Ralph figured out that cars were killing us, battlefield medicine had long noted that fractures, with resulting hemorrhage, caused mortality more often than any other cause. How about a paragraph? “Likes” are “ggrreeaaatt ” but we would all like to see on paper, the footprints whereon you or one of your heroes walked so tall, leaving the Stone Age trail for us to follow! ​

Love​ ​to​ ​All!

Harry Watson; NREMT 12025, IN.4907208  Medic retired.

Published by hswatson

Retired from EMS, I served 26 years. There are many experiences I will purposely not write about! "Ready for prime time" is hard to find on the streets of indianapolis and other Indiana towns. Humorous or unusual is readily available! This blog won't be about EMS, now that I'm away from those highs and lows, which cause a sort of mental "fibrillation" I'm ready and willing to experience a mental sine wave while traveling, eating and prospering! I'm new to blogging and ecommerce which means I'm in the basket of deplorables called entrepreneurs (who aren't yet successful). If this was a journey through a university degree my status would be; freshman pursuing Associate degree in wiffle ball and an elective activity called journalism. I don't take myself seriously but my thoughts, memories and curiosity take me very seriously, poking me in the ribs every time I set out to describe something that, or someone who fascinates me! I have many interests and issues that I care deeply about. I don't want to be political on this blog I would rather discuss politics with my friends who have a wide variety of views. I debate with my friends knowing that even if we differ we will still be friends. But I will not pass up an opportunity to write about someone who has served all of us with distinction in some large or small matter. Luckily I have realized that I don't meet fascinating people by mistake!

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