October Theme Of The Month: Halloween!

All Smoke Where There Is No Fire

| Madison, WI, USA | Bizarre, Criminal/Illegal, Health & Body

(I volunteer as an EMT. This was one of the first calls I respond to.)

Caller: “Please help! I can’t breathe!”

Operator: “Yes, ma’am. Are you having an asthma attack?”

Caller: “No, but I am about to! Those neighbors are frying chicken and the smoke is really bothering me! I can’t breathe! Please help!”

Operator: “Okay, please go outside to get some air. We will dispatch an EMT crew to you.”

(When we arrive, we discover the caller on her deck with a LIT CIGARETTE in her mouth, pacing back and forth.)

Caller: “Finally! Someone to help me! I can’t breathe because of the horrible chicken smoke!”

(The caller was taken to the ER for a check-up but, she was fine. Later I was told that she does this little trick often because she gets bored just sitting at home.)