Dear Floridian EMS providers,
Please be advised that Steven, a K.B.F.P.D. regular, has somehow managed to obtain a plane ticket and is relocating to your wonderful state.
Although our members had almost daily contact with Steven, they really aren't going to miss him very much. It's not that Steven was usually unpleasant, he just generated a lot of business, the kind which we really don't need.
In Steven's defense, he never called us. It was always passers-by, who were not used to seeing a passed out man laying supine on the parkway, next to his wheelchair. Steven always woke up and often refused treatment and transport.. Sometimes. however he was too altered to leave on the street. As he was in a wheelchair, the sheriff could not take him so he had to be coerced to be transported. That got a little old for the squaddies, but they always prevailed.
Despite Steven's chronic alcoholism, he usually manged to keep a fair about of wit about him. Who else would feed the parking meter while he parked his wheelchair in the marked space, then sleep it off in the parkway? Steven was often charming despite being a besotted mess. He remembered the crews and usually displayed his sense of humor.
It is hoped that Steven will not be homeless when he arrives in Florida. The purpose for his relocation is that he will be able to get some of the help that he needs and be close to logistical support. Unless he gets the drinking issue resolved, sooner or later he will be back on the street. When he does, you Floridian EMS providers will start running into him.
Please keep in mind that as far as regular street customers go, he is not all that bad once you get past the aroma. He will usually try to be humorous, so get some laughs out of your time with him. Treat him fair and whatever you do, please don't send him back.
I personally have never met Steven, however his fame as a chronically intoxicated regular has made him sort of famous among the District #3 crews. I worked an OT at the Jungle Gym and heard the squaddies say that Steven was en-route to the sunshine state. The squaddies will enjoy a few less calls per cycle for a while, then someone will move in and take Steven's place.. That's the way it always happens.
Thanks for reading,
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