Body Call

In the old days, Paramedics picked up dead people. In fact, these were the most profitable calls. The funeral homes have for years picked up bodies at morgues and hospitals during the day. But at night many funeral homes contracted with private ambulances to transport deceased to their funeral homes.

The funeral homes all paid their bills promptly each month. Medicare and Medicaid never did the same. So for many years paramedics picked up the dead. Actually, you could get in a whole lot more trouble on a body call than a live one. Funeral homes have always been kind of picky about good customer service, politeness and decorum.

Some of my more unusual adventures were body calls. Once I worked with a moron. We had a dead body murdered, needing transport to the Italian funeral home. My idiot partner upon arrival asked, ā€œWas this guy really a gangster, and is this really the mobs funeral home?ā€

Since I was unable to make myself disappear I tried instead to shrink my height and twist my features. Somebody made a call to somebody, who called the Boss. Anytime moron ever picked up a body destined for this place, a crew change was made. He was never to return under any conditions.

I actually considered myself very lucky. Nobody remembered me being there. In those days I did not wear a name-tag and believed in the art of anonymity. It did cost me a mustache and new haircut, which seemed cheap at the time for being able to go back again unrecognized.

Advertisements

About Dan White

I'm a retired Paramedic and EMS Instructor with 35 years EMS and emergency medical product experience. I love canoes, cars and EMS. I write about EMS Technology on the Paramedic Blog, the Insights on Innovation column for EMS1.com, on AmbulanceWorld.com and Multibriefs.com. I work for Intersurgical, Inc. managing EMS sales and distribution. I can be reached directly at 573-240-0002. Follow me @Paradan on Twitter
This entry was posted in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s