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Posted: 3/12/2006 8:32:04 AM EDT
Responded to an industrial accident. A 13 year old boy was helping his father at his construction yard. His dad was moving pieces of steel with a crane. He lowered the steel and the boy moved under the crane boom to unhook the cable. The boom cable broke at the same time causing boom to come crashing down striking the boy in the head and smashing him into the ground. He had mutiple compound fractures, massive head trauma, and massive chest trauma. I was the first on scene and the boy was still alive. Father had to get another crane to lift the other crane off of his son. To say the least, dad was destroyed!

FD rushed him to the hospital. I stayed at the hospital for about 2 hours while they worked on him and then I had to go. I later was notified that the boy died of his injuries shortly thereafter.

I feel so bad for the parents, especially for the father having witnessed the entire incident.

This one struck me hard and pray the parent will get through it. Send a prayer to the parents.

Link Posted: 3/12/2006 8:38:15 AM EDT
My heart goes out to you brother! My sympathies to the family. Those are tough calls to respond to.

If I may give a little unsolicited advice, have you considered speaking to a critical incident specialist? This kind of stuff can haunt you and screw with your mind...

My prayers go out for the family & you! Stay safe.
Link Posted: 3/12/2006 1:58:34 PM EDT
Link Posted: 3/12/2006 2:49:29 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Striker:

Originally Posted By cjklekar:
My heart goes out to you brother! My sympathies to the family. Those are tough calls to respond to.

If I may give a little unsolicited advice, have you considered speaking to a critical incident specialist? This kind of stuff can haunt you and screw with your mind...

My prayers go out for the family & you! Stay safe.


Good advice.



For the father, too. Consider inviting him to attend a debriefing hosted by a crisis specialist. We use them whenever we have a major incident like this.
Link Posted: 3/12/2006 4:31:57 PM EDT
Nicholastheczar, May God's peace be with you. If I can be of service to you as a police chaplain, email me at dean.kavouras@gmail.com. Chaplain.
Link Posted: 3/12/2006 6:32:43 PM EDT
Very tough call. Prayers sent. Be sure to seek help if you need it.

Had a similar call one day. Me and my now Sgt. were just getting suited up for day shift, I was brand new. The phone double rang (911 call). Dispatch picked it up, and looked at us and told us to head for the chip mill code 3, and thats all he said. Well we headed down, the only update we got was there will be people waiting to show you were to go. The chip mill is about 15 minutes away, but Code 3, it was a pretty quick ride. Well I remember Sgt. telling me that his brother worked their and worked day shift, so the whole ride down that is all I thinking. Well when we got there and sorted things out, it wasnt his brother, but a cousin who got trapped between 2 conveyor belts and decapitated him from the chest up. That was my first fatal. I was 2 weeks out of the academy. After that incident, I recieved some help, and it was very helpful.

Be Safe
Link Posted: 3/12/2006 8:18:04 PM EDT
It's always tough when a kid gets hurt or killed... Don't be too "proud" to talk to somebody, man.
Link Posted: 3/13/2006 2:28:51 AM EDT

Originally Posted By cjklekar:
My heart goes out to you brother! My sympathies to the family. Those are tough calls to respond to.

If I may give a little unsolicited advice, have you considered speaking to a critical incident specialist? This kind of stuff can haunt you and screw with your mind...

My prayers go out for the family & you! Stay safe.



Very Good advice,

After a similar event (Deputy-me- involved shooting), I (reluctantly) spoke to a specialist group. You may not think you need to.....I didn't, but it really helps. You have to do what's best for you, even if you don't know you need it at the time.

Be safe, remember you make a difference every day.

Respectfully,

Thomas
Link Posted: 3/13/2006 5:25:00 AM EDT
Thanks for all the advice. It's funny, I feel OK about it as a whole, but I think of the boy on the ground a lot. I know it is something that will be with me for a long time.

I may look in to some incident services, even though I don't think I need them.

Thanks again everyone! It has helped a lot just talking about it.
Link Posted: 3/13/2006 5:25:35 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Chaplain:
Nicholastheczar, May God's peace be with you. If I can be of service to you as a police chaplain, email me at dean.kavouras@gmail.com. Chaplain.



Chaplain -

I appreciate it!
Link Posted: 3/13/2006 7:03:29 AM EDT
Thoughts and prayers to his family and you.
Link Posted: 3/13/2006 7:43:18 AM EDT
Link Posted: 3/13/2006 8:02:15 AM EDT
prayers sent
Link Posted: 3/13/2006 8:06:42 AM EDT
Link Posted: 3/13/2006 3:00:47 PM EDT
Prayers are with you and the boy's family man. I had a tough one two weeks ago and posted in here, alot of good/encouraging responses were made.

We had a debriefing with a critical incident counslor and it helps get a load off your chest.

Another thing, if you can Go to the Funeral this really gave me a lot of closure with my deal.

Prayers are with you Brother.
Link Posted: 3/13/2006 5:56:47 PM EDT
Link Posted: 3/13/2006 6:09:11 PM EDT
Prayers.
Link Posted: 3/13/2006 6:22:15 PM EDT
Doorgunner, you beat me to the punch; I was going to email/IM him with the Doc's contact info. Maybe we can help him out together?
Link Posted: 3/13/2006 9:29:54 PM EDT
my prayers to you brother and the family, as brothers we face some of the worst calls, and this is definatly one that can stick with you, i can only amagine your thoughts but the important thing is to take care of yorself, make sure to take care of your metal health no it might not make you insane but it can easily change your life and flood your thoughts, i just hope things turn out ok as i know they cant

my prayers to all involved
Link Posted: 3/13/2006 9:33:57 PM EDT
Link Posted: 3/14/2006 1:48:31 PM EDT

Originally Posted By doorgunner:
Nicholas: PLEASE let me know if you would like for me to hook you up with our (TX DPS) Staff Psycologist. She is awesome, if for nothing other than to get shit off of your chest. There is no charge to you or your agency, other than a drive to Austin HQ.

I will be out of pocket until Friday night conducting firearms training, but if I can help you, please IM me or shoot me an email. I'll check my inbox before I leave tomorrow afternoon.

God bless brother!



Doorgunner, I appreciate the info. I'll let you know.
Link Posted: 3/14/2006 6:15:19 PM EDT
Prayers out
Stay strong
Link Posted: 3/14/2006 6:56:19 PM EDT
Link Posted: 3/14/2006 8:22:38 PM EDT
I ran a very similar call about 8yrs ago. A 22yoPt's.-father in law was operating a crane to remove 50'concrete plings from a flatbed, Pt was on ground to remove one of the wrapped cables on each end. Somehow the piling swung around after one end was released and pinned the young man between it and the trailer, F-I-L had to get from cab, call us.
We got a quick extrication and swooped/scooped into ambulance. I decompressed both chests w/ flails/stabilized best we could for the four block ride to the hospital. Poor guy died an hour later in the Level 1 trauma bay at Norfolk General.
My heart went out to that family, they seemd so much like my own.

I didn't mean to hijack, it just struck a chord w/ me for some reason. I guess I never talked about it. Anyways, this kinda stuff happens to someone, somewhere, everyday. Every once in a while, it lands in our yard.
I've never been keen on the CISD thing. (Maybe because of the quality of the folks that respond...) I'd rather talk to my peers that have been there, but that's just me.
Good luck and talk to your fellows when it feels right.
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