Some people can’t seem to stand paramedics saving lives around the world.
There has been a string of negative notes left on ambulances in the past year or so. The reason? Paramedics block driveways and use private or reserved parking spaces in the midst of tending to emergencies.
How dare they? Paramedics must have some nerve, doing everything in their power to save lives and whatnot.
Back in November 2017, a group of paramedics rushed to help a man who was vomiting blood.
Someone left a note on the ambulance, writing:
You may be saving lives but don’t park your van in a stupid place and block my drive.
Sometimes we just don't know what to say. This was the note left on an ambulance today. At the time, the crew were helping a man who was extremely unwell after vomiting blood. They took him on blue lights to hospital where he was in a critical condition. #patientscomefirst pic.twitter.com/RwCCVmZgrA
— West Midlands Ambulance Service (@OFFICIALWMAS) November 10, 2017
In February 2018, a woman named Kirsty Sharman was fined after swearing at paramedics in a nasty note. She wrote:
If this van is for anyone but Number 14 then you have no right to be parked here. I couldn’t give a shit if the whole street collasped. Now move your van from outside my house.
The ambulance was attending to one of her neighbors, who was having difficulties breathing.
— Katie Tudor (@wmaskatietudor) February 18, 2018
There was a similar incident in May but, this time, someone threatened to smash an ambulance because it was in their private parking space. During the World Cup, fans vandalized and almost destroyed an ambulance in London as a random — and criminal — act of celebration after England beat Sweden.
Needless to say, paramedics have gotten used to being threatened and abused for attempting to help people.
When a group of paramedics received a positive, heartwarming note from a citizen commemorating them, it had quite an impact.
Paramedic Dewi Lloyd, of Flintshire Ambulances in Wales, shared the note on social media:
Thank you for blocking my driveway to save a life. Refreshments on me.
The anonymous author of the note included £5 for the hardworking paramedics to grab a cold one after doing their duties.
Heart warming note left on one of the Flintshire Ambulances#Welshambulance pic.twitter.com/MDFn7HRqHW
— Dewi Lloyd (@dt_lloyd) August 22, 2018
Twitter loved the generous gesture:
That’s more like it well done owner of said driveway!
— Jack B (@CaptJackB) August 23, 2018
Brilliant, love the idea, well done to the person who did the deed!
— T o n y H o d s o n (@Tony_Hodson) August 22, 2018
Brilliant …I’d do the same for our hard working emergency services
— Cliffyfly✈️ (@AircraftJetboy) August 24, 2018
Great to see, that’s the spirit
— Chris (@CR1951) August 23, 2018
Since nice notes tend to be the exception, fellow paramedics noted that the few they do get mean a lot:
“Positive” means huge amounts to 999 family
— JG (@FABSITEUK) August 23, 2018
Well done, good upstanding citizen. And, of course, thank you to the paramedics who continue to save lives!