Almost had a date with the "ELEPHANT"

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    Almost had a date with the "ELEPHANT"

    Last Sunday morning got an EMS call for "woman jumped from a truck" in a village about 10 minutes south of me, in a 35 MPH zone. I responded on the zone car and the local volunteer squad went en route a few minutes later. Once the the Medic got on scene, they called for LEOs as the victim was afraid her BF would be returning with a shotgun, gave a description of the suspect vehicle.

    I had to make a decision whether to go on scene or stage.

    1. One of the medics on scene is a former LEO. Don't know if he carries or not.

    2. LEOs are usually pretty fast about these kinds of things. I don't have capability to monitor LEO channel on my radio.

    3. No danger yet on scene and unknown accuracy of information.

    So I decided to go ahead to the scene. When I arrived, they were wheeling her to the Medic, cleared me since they had Advanced Life Support on scene, and didn't stick around; did a load-and-go. LEOs never made it on scene.

    A little scary but things turned out OK.
    "Each worker carried his sword strapped to his side." Nehemiah 4:18

    Guns Save Lives. Paramedics Save Lives. But...
    Paramedics With Guns Scare People!

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    Just how FAT was she????

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    Quote Originally Posted by GreenHorn View Post
    Just how FAT was she????
    WTH
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    I understand the post but what does the title mean?
    “The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people, it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government.”

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    Quote Originally Posted by UnklFungus
    If it is ok to disarm legal citizens to reduce crime, then doesn't it stand to disband the military to prevent war?

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    Quote Originally Posted by UnklFungus View Post
    I understand the post but what does the title mean?
    People who have seen combat are said to "have seen the elephant".
    It is surely true that you can lead a horse to water but you can't make them drink. Nor can you make them grateful for your efforts.

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    "Seen the elephant". Comes out of the early 1800s when fairs were a huge regional affair. Anyone who had "seen the elephant" had seen something outlandish, miraculous, bigger than anything yet experienced or experienced by many. It evolved to mean any event/experience that was extreme.(IE a gunfight, in this case)

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    Paramedic,
    from reading the title, I thought that you'd met my ex-mother in law.

    It was noble of you to try to look out for your co-workers.

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    Thanks all for the explanations!
    “The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people, it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government.”

    Patrick Henry
    Quote Originally Posted by UnklFungus
    If it is ok to disarm legal citizens to reduce crime, then doesn't it stand to disband the military to prevent war?

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    "Women are like elephants to me.....I like to look at 'em, but I wouldn't want to own one."

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    Quote Originally Posted by PNUT View Post
    Paramedic,
    from reading the title, I thought that you'd met my ex-mother in law.
    It was noble of you to try to look out for your co-workers.

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    From the must read Jeff Cooper's Commentaries

    It is clear that many people do not know what is meant by the expression "To see the elephant." Let me elucidate:

    In pioneer America a great many people grew up on a farm, which was too remote from a population center to provide what might be called worldly entertainment. During the summer season various traveling circuses toured the sticks, bringing diversion to households which were not too far afield to prevent attendance. These traveling circuses always included an elephant - an animal which is truly too remarkable to be believed, unless one has actually seen it.

    When the father decided that the time had come for his adolescent son to learn about life, he would wait for the appearance of the circus and provide the boy with a couple of dollars with which to go and visit the entertainment. At the circus he visited all the sideshows, he got drunk, he rented himself a girl, and he saw the elephant. On his return to the farm, he may not have been any sadder, but he was certainly wiser than before.

    Today we have borrowed that expression to relate to the combat experience. Personal combat is definitely a rite-of-passage, and a man who has not experienced it has not seen the elephant. When you have been shot at and shot back successfully, you have definitely grown up and now know things that less experienced men do not understand.
    Training means learning the rules. Experience means learning the exceptions.

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    Sounds like another summer night at work to me.
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