Thursday, February 02, 2006

What Were They Thinking?

By now, I'm sure some of you have heard about the incident in Shaler that occurred after the Steeler game on January 15th. Believe it or not, it was the lead-in story on KDKA on the 11 o'clock news, even before news about the president's State of the Union address. KDKA radio spent two whole mornings discussing it.

Apparently, some of the volunteer firemen at one of our fire departments decided to take a fire truck for a "victory ride" after the Steelers won the championship. They ended up sideswiping a car, causing $5000.00 worth of damage. They also failed to report the incident to the police. Maybe they figured no one would notice a fire truck with lights and sirens.

I realize alcohol induces stupidity in some people, but taking a fire truck for a ride?

What were they thinking?


Amy said...

And I thought that Shaler was beyond that sort of thing! Anyway, why are the volunteer firemen drinking and driving firetrucks!!??

Anonymous said...

Believe me, this is nothing new. I belonged to a volunteer ambulance service back in the late 70's and early 80's and worked closely with the local volunteer fire departments. Drinking was routine procedure around the firehouse in those days and apparently, that hasn't changed. It's brutal work. I'm not condoning drinking, but some people just can't face the work without the booze. Then again, some people just join up for the party.

Of course, we ambulance folk never did anything like that. (snicker) OK, so maybe there was the time we went to the drive in movies in the ambulance. How many EMTs can you sneak into a movie in the back of an ambulance??? I'll never tell. But for the record, we were sober. At least, I was.