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Weekly Feature...by Liss Jones

Ambulance Chasers

When the wind was right or there was no wind at all…the residents of The Bottom could hear the siren of the ambulance start wailing, especially if the ambulance was headed south on old US 23. That sound triggered a call to action for the younger boys of The Bottom…we were driven to find out all about the reason for the ambulance run…or it could be said…the sound of the siren was a call to the unknown and we just had to find out what was going on.

 I used the word…ambulance…well, really it was the Curtright Funeral Hearse that doubled, as an ambulance when the need arose which, thankfully was not too often. Unlike today there was no specialty ambulance service, no EMTs or life saving equipment…just go pick up the injured and get them to the Riverview Hospital…as fast as they could…I believe also that the dead was taken there, too, so Dr. Carter could pronounce them dead…I could be wrong on that…but 60 plus years is a long time to remember things like that.

On this particular day…The Bottom boys heard the siren start yelling and to us it sounded like an invitation for us to participate in whatever was going on. We heard the siren head south on 23 and then around Dead Man’s curve…at a seemingly very fast pace…from experience we knew the run was for something big. Without hesitation and in unison…the boys started running towards the back side of the bottom…we knew that if we ran fast enough we could cut the ambulance off at about Otha Thompson’s Gargue/Filling Station (across the Street from the Stella Moore property)…at least that was our plan…we picked this location because by the time we got there we could tell if our run would go farther than we wanted to go or if the ambulance stopped before reaching that location…we knew we could get to the point of the incident…

We reached the point of interception…but the ambulance had just passed and was continuing south…sorta disheartened, we started to return to The Bottom…then we heard the Siren die down…from our figuring it had stopped just about the RT Burns farm…humm, not too far…so off we went…running and walking….when we were almost there we saw the reason for the run…a major car wreck.

The cars were totally destroyed with car parts, broken glass, scraps of metal was scattered all over the road…wanting to get a closer look…I went to one of the cars and looked in. Blood was splattered everywhere, on the car seat, on the steering wheel, windshield, and even the headliner. Still looking inside the car I was walking around the car and not watching where I was going when I stumbled over something…looking down I saw a body…laying right in the middle of the road…uncovered…I looked at the body’s face and was horrified at the look on it’s face…I had never seen a body in a situation like this…I quickly left the scene of the accident.

That picture was permanently imprinted in my mind and during my career I have seen many folks that had been killed in automobile accidents…but this one sticks out…guess it was because it was the first I had seen. I often wondered why the lady was left in the middle of the road…I guess two things…the ambulance driver, nor the police, was properly trained and/or the main thought was to get the injured to medical care, and that is a good thing... or they had not been trained to cover a body. I also felt a deep sorrow for the lady’s husband as he, although injured himself, was crying for his wife. It was even more sobering when I found out that the family was well liked in Louisa…nope their names will not be revealed.

My run as an ambulance chaser was slowed down from that day, but in later years, each time I got a call to go to an accident…the thoughts of that scene came racing through my mind…glad they cover bodies now…..

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May 30, 2011

Memorial Day 2011 is a United States federal holiday observed on the last Monday of May (May 30 in 2011). Formerly known as Decoration Day, it commemorates U.S. soldiers who died while in the military service. First enacted to honor Union soldiers of the American Civil War. It was extended after World War I to honor Americans who have died in all wars.

Memorial Day often marks the start of the summer vacation season, and Labor Day its end.

Begun as a ritual of remembrance and reconciliation after the Civil War, by the early 20th century, Memorial Day was an occasion for more general expressions of memory, as ordinary people visited the graves of their deceased relatives, whether they had served in the military or not. It also became a long weekend increasingly devoted to shopping, family get-togethers, fireworks, trips to the beach, and national media events such as the Indianapolis 500 auto race, held since 1911 on Memorial Day.

 

Memorial Day 2011 is on 30th May in 2011.

 

Here is the second of The Lazer's salutes to our fallen heroes...

 

 

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Week 59: Who/Where are you in Lawrence County?


 

Last Weeks picture:

1958 Louisa High School Yearbook: First row L to R Ballard Robinson, Jack Tackett, Wayne Maynard, Ronnie Dotson, Joe Maynard, Darrell patrick-chosen to play end in East-West game. Back row- Coach Tom R. Lucia, Paul Fannin, Charles (Banty) Mitchell, Michael Meade, William David Shannon, James Ball, Coach Gene Sartini.

 

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