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Wrong Victim

A friend of mine, a policeman, responded to an accident call one day. When he arrived, he noticed an emergency medical technician (EMT) trying to apply a spine board to a man standing near one of the cars involved in the accident. The patient appeared to be resisting.

"Really," he objected, "I … "

The EMT interjected, explaining that because of regulations, he had to take necessary precautions.

"No, I'm okay, really, I am."

Again the EMT cut him off, explaining the rules he had to follow.

By then, my friend had reached them and, recognizing the patient, asked, "Are you sure you're okay? The accident looks pretty nasty."

"I reported the accident—I wasn't in it," he was finally able to explain.