Being a first responder requires a certain type of character. You must be able to work under pressure, have a strong stomach, and be prepared to see any number of creepy scenarios. First responders see things that the general public cannot fathom, and a number of them have decided to share their stories with us.
These horror stories from Reddit show how truly shocking a first responder's job can be. From tales of horrible accidents to accounts of bodies in various stages of decomposition, these stories will turn your stomach and break your heart.
From Redditor /u/sosorrynoname:
One guy got into a car accident and was sh*tfaced. He was on the hood of the car and preparing to jump off it. The paramedics told him not to move, but he jumped anyway. His neck was fractured in the accident. He jumped anyway and became an instant quadriplegic.
From Redditor /u/IchBinEinHamburger:
I once had to take a call from a woman whose father accidentally backed over her 3-year-old son in his truck. The worst part was knowing that there was nothing that could be done. Obviously you can't say that. You still have to do everything possible.
That means talking her through CPR while she holds pieces of his skull together. He passed at the scene.
From Redditor /u/swanyMcswan:
My instructor shocked a conscious lady one time. She was in v fib or something and had her eyes open and looking around. They were using a Lucas device as well, and when he shocked her, he said she rolled on the cot like an alligator and tore out her IV and whatnot.
My instructor said she then sat up and started screaming. They got her to the ED where she was still screaming. He said she coded again and they worked her in the hallway and when they got her going again she sat up and said "don't ever shock me again." My instructor said it was one of the most surreal things he's ever seen.
From Redditor /u/iamabadgecarrier:
A family of five that burned in their SUV. They were traveling down the interstate when a vehicle going the opposite direction crossed the median [and T-boned] them, which smashed them into the car that was on their right side as they were passing.
This caused their vehicle to [become engulfed] in flames. No way out except the back hatch, as their left doors were crushed from the guy who crossed the median and their right side crushed from the car they were trying to pass. Driver (dad) died on impact... and mom from smoke inhalation. Would have most likely lived had she been able to get out. Oldest daughter and youngest daughter were found in the hatch area of the SUV, with the oldest daughter's hand on the release. Both daughters passed from smoke inhalation. Mom was found as if she had just aided in getting youngest daughter in the hatch area of the SUV. Son sitting up front suffered smoke inhalation, but most likely would have perished from the force of the crash.
This may not be the most SCREWED up thing I have had to deal with, but it is for sure the most traumatizing thing that I hopefully never have to see again.
I was really messed up for a while after that.
This family was on their way to the local university to see their son that they hadn't seen in a few months. They were 2 miles from their exit. I volunteered to go with the chaplin and give the notice.
This kid lost his whole family in a split second. He said that the last thing he said to his mom was "Don't come down here, none of my friend's family visits them and you will just embarrass me." He was devastated. After all these years I still keep in constant contact with him and he is practically another son to our family.
Folks, your life or family’s life can be over in... a second. No matter the fight etc., always let them know you love them. Hug them, kiss them, and embrace them. I have seen it too much. You just never know when that might be the last time you see them or they see you. Don't take them for granted.