ONE LAST SHIFT BEFORE I LEAVE
Well, I guess I just couldn’t stay away. After realising that my favourite driver had a night shift on my last opportunity before leaving Israel, I figured that I might as well join him. Once again, it wasn’t necessarily the most eventful shift, however there were some interesting and unusual cases.
At around 5:30 am, our last call for the night, we were told that a man had got his finger stuck in a suction hose. Not knowing what to expect, the sirens were flicked on and away we went, racing through the now waking-up streets of Tel Aviv. Once we arrived and saw a man looking very glum, clutching a hose connected to a sewerage truck, we began to realize what was going on. The metal hose had split and his thumb was caught inside!
Swiftly, I went for the scissors to cut away his glove, as the firemen fired up their mechanical concrete/steel saw and began cutting the hose, sparks flying everywhere (which was pretty cool). Finally, the man was free, well relatively anyway, as he was still stuck in the hose. But at least it was only a small part and we could take him to hospital.
It smelled and he was in pain, but his sigh of relief once his thumb was freed made the discomfort worth it. Now that his thumb was safe, he began to joke and smile. It was amazing to see that even the smallest act of help and kindness has the power to brighten up the worst of days.
We finished off the shift with a delicious sandwich – after we’d all washed our hands of course. A very nice way to end my experience, surrounded by friends and doing my part to impact the lives of others in the best way possible