I'm an EMT, and I work in a small town in South Dakota. One night I was on call in the "city," which has a population of 1,500 people. At 1:30 a.m., after an uneventful day, I was in the ambulance station, preparing to go to sleep. The town was dead, and the only people moving around where the bar-goers, getting the last of their fill before the 2:00 a.m. closures.
Just as I was about to turn in, I heard a loud "thud." Different crashes make different sounds: rollovers make a crushing and tearing sound, while cars vs. buildings make a dull, hollow "thud." When I ran outside to determine the source of the noise, it was exactly as I'd feared. There was a car about a block away that had crashed into a concrete building. I ran to the accident scene and, using my SureFire 6P® LED flashlight [superseded by the 6PX_Tactical - Ed.], peered inside the car. The 6P's bright beam illuminated a middle-aged male slumped over the wheel, dual air bag deployed, and the driver's side of the car was up against the building. All the doors were locked on the passenger side, and the front part of the car was totaled.
I ran to my car to get my EMS bag and tried to call dispatch for backup. Due to problems with the radio system radio coverage had been spotty all day in our area I was was only able to get through to dispatch once. For the time being, I was truly alone with just me, my equipment bag, and my 6P. I shattered the back window with my window punch, but the window remained in place. So I used my 6P to bash in the window and remove any remaining pieces of glass. Backup arrived shortly thereafter, and the patient was loaded into the ambulance and taken to the hospital. He was later released, with no long-term injuries. The only battle scars on my 6P were two small scratches on the bezel. Thanks, SureFire. I will trust no other flashlight company in my profession.
Sioux Falls, SD
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