Yesterday was the first of what we hope will be many national ‘999 days’.
A day that is intended to celebrate the amazing and fantastic work of our emergency services who, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, work tirelessly to help complete strangers.
Men and women who put their lives on the line and who run into an unknown danger, risking their own lives, in order to try and help someone who has no-one else to call during what could be their darkest moment.
How fitting therefore, that a wonderful and generous member of the public, having spotted an emergency ambulance that was blocking access to their drive whilst its crew attended to a patient, left the following thoughtful and heartfelt note:
“You blocked my drive.
“But it doesn’t matter because I wasn’t going out anyway.
“enjoy your day – buy a coffee”
With the note was a £5 note that had been clipped to the message.
A tweet published on the East Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust twitter account just under an hour ago said:
This latest note is one of many similar notes which have been left on emergency ambulances by members of the public who clearly have a lot of admiration and respect for those on the thin green line.
It was only a few months ago, that similar notes were making the headlines but for all of the wrong reasons.
Many people will remember the stories of how medics on the front line of the emergency services were abused by individuals who decided that their need to get from A-to-B was more important than someone’s life potentially being saved.
To expect an ambulance crew to spend vital minutes looking for a parking space prior to saving someone’s life is, quite frankly, a ridiculous attitude for anyone to adopt.
When responding to an emergency, the emergency services should never be expected to drive around looking for a parking space, just to appease the type of person who is motivated to leave an abusive note on an emergency vehicle.
But on the back of these nasty notes being left, kind and warm-hearted people have started to instead leave messages of thanks to ambulance crews – and what a nice gesture this surprising act is!
The East Midlands Ambulance service told our team that the medic’s who were the intended beneficiaries of the coffees were too busy to actually take advantage of the coffees during what turned out to be yet another incredibly busy shift.
But the medics who received the kind gesture hoped to, at some point during tonight’s busy shift, grab a few moments in order to have a quick break.
To the person who left the note, we just want to thank you on behalf of our 250,000 followers on our Facebook page, Emergency Services Humour and on behalf of the men and women who serve in the emergency services.
The ‘spike’ in moral that your kind gesture will have cannot be underestimated.
Why? well, it’s the thought that you have given to our oppos (our word for ‘colleagues’ that will stay in the minds of emergency services personnel the next time they have to endure a particular emotional or tragic call.
To know that there are people out there who GENUINELY appreciate the work of the emergency services will mean a lot to the men and women who dedicate their lives to helping others.
It tends to be only the negative stories which often make the news. But stories such as this one really will help to uplift the spirits of our colleagues.
We have even created a new tag within our Emergency-Services.News website to celebrate, highlight and acknowledge these kind gestures, that is suitably entitled: ‘Random Acts of Kindness’.
We might even now be able to delete the old tag of ‘not on my drive’ that was used to share stories and raise awareness of the nasty and rude notes which, dare we say it, ‘used’ to be left on emergency vehicles.
Written by one of the many admins of Emergency Services Humour who is also a regular blogger in our fortnightly eMagazine ’S__ts & Giggles’ which you can sign up to by visiting our Facebook page and clicking on the ‘sign up’ button or by visiting ShitsAndGiggles.Online
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