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EMS chief: How first responders handled the Ferguson shooting

EMS Chief Chris Cebollero walks you through how his medics handled the fast-changing situation when Michael Brown was shot by police in Ferguson, Mo.
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David Harrison Hochhauser David Harrison Hochhauser Wednesday, August 20, 2014 4:23:45 PM Sounds like e.m.s did what they were supposed to do and protect the members they did as they were asked and did the job they were trained to do
Friedrich VonDeitsch Friedrich VonDeitsch Wednesday, August 20, 2014 5:36:09 PM Because the E M S crews, like Firefighters, are seen as people friendly public servants and the fact they are less likely than anyone to need to be " in command" they are always able to perfect their missions without being assaulted or interfered with. I have always noticed the medics will be acutely aware of their surroundings, never be loud or abusive to scared, grieving or angry citizens and are more concerned with the immediate task of triage and that makes them almost invisible to threats that the police are regularly exposed to. Truly my feelings are that there needs to be a shift in the mission and mandate protocols of the police and fire service that will result in the trust being restored by the public to these entities, which can only result in a restoration of the much needed respect for the sacrifices made by the dedicated professionals who still put themselves in harms way for the good of their community, even though the few who are of the "shoot first.. shoot last then shoot some more before asking a question or two are making it all difficult for everyone.
Patricia Panza Patricia Panza Wednesday, August 20, 2014 6:44:39 PM Excellent interview and explanation of the trauma, resulting emotional outburst, and the calmness that EMS Cebollero maintained with his crew and the reality of staying out of the danger zone as best as possible. Scene safety comes first.
Byron Rushing Byron Rushing Thursday, August 21, 2014 9:42:02 AM Good to see it was an EMS who covered the body. What is the answer to why the body of Michael Brown remained on the ground so long. Did not this add the initial emotional response of the residents?
Ray Kemp Ray Kemp Thursday, August 21, 2014 1:27:41 PM The problem of the body on the ground longer than normal was the unrest of the scene by the residents delayed the investigative process. The scene remained quite volatile for some time. Yes, I'm sure it added to the emotions of the residents, but for many of the residents, they simply did not understand that this shooting like any shooting takes time to investigate.
Jerrod Nash Jerrod Nash Thursday, August 21, 2014 11:21:42 PM The body was left on the ground because the initial assessment made by the paramedic on scene was that the person's injuries were "incompatible with life", and there was no pulse. That turns the scene into a crime scene, and requires as little disturbance of evidence as possible. The injuries being such as they were would be why CPR was not performed.
Mike Holtorf Mike Holtorf Friday, August 22, 2014 11:25:13 AM Actually it was a military style assault against the Unified CP. The rioters had gas masks and molotov cocktails some had bullet proof vests. After the broken arrow was announced the medics were given batons and told to prepare to defend themselves. Several ambulances were shot up and one burned. Three hours after the attack the National Guard was activated to provide security to the CP.
Demetrius Webb Demetrius Webb Friday, August 22, 2014 10:25:18 PM Military assault? the subject is about the medics how they handled the problem at hand..you are speaking of what happened after the fact...why in flame a matter that only further divide?You nor i were there and it sounds like you have pinned up emotions about the matter and your negative comments will only produce negative feelings...maybe you should be a cop and quarterback that. As a medic i am looking at ways to keep my crew safe and you sir ...stir up hate..enough already this is not the venue for it. We are here to learn.Dont worry you are safe in your hospital .But since you went there ..how many skin heads have gas mask,machine guns,ammoina nitrate,and other military equipment?Who in this country ....been bombing and mass killing people al over this country?WACO, Army bases, at the movies,the malls,world trade center twice before 911,mass killings at schools....more innocent people have died from these wacko . walk in the shoes of someone who know first hand of from the sixties having to run home as a child from police walking home from school or just walking down the street in birmingham....
Byron Rushing Byron Rushing Sunday, August 24, 2014 10:45:41 AM Today's NYT has some of the answer. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/24/us/michael-brown-a-bodys-timeline-4-hours-on-a-ferguson-street.html?_r=1
Ray Kemp Ray Kemp Monday, August 25, 2014 3:15:17 PM Mike Holtorf - Ambulance burned and others shot up? Where are you getting your information? I was there the whole time and never saw or heard of this. Someone is feeding you a line of BS.
Mike Holtorf Mike Holtorf Monday, August 25, 2014 7:18:03 PM Christian guys must be exaggerating.

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