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Old 03-05-2012, 01:50 PM
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Question Emergency vehicles at neighbor’s house… what to do?

Flipping burgers and drinking a beer in my backyard last night and hear the sirens/see the flashes out front. Walk around the house and see an ambulance/firetruck at the elderly widow's house across the street.

Based on the history of our neighbor relationship I am 99% sure that this is a medical call.

I am not sure whether I should walk over there and see if I can be of assistance (I'm not a medical professional) or just get back to my backyard and give neighbor some privacy if she gets wheeled out on a stretcher.

This is at least the second time this has happened in my neighborhood in the last year.

Whats the appropriate move?
Old 03-05-2012, 01:55 PM
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If you think you can offer any real help such as medical background of the person in question than go over. If you know she takes certain "heart meds" that could come in handy for the EMT. You may also want to contact a next of kin or supply them with that info. If no COPS show up you may enen secure the house.
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Ambulance / Firetruck already there, sounds like they don't need anymore help.
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If she lives alone, it wouldn't hurt to show some concern.
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If it was my neighbor on my left I'd sneak over an let the air out of the ambulance tires. The neighbor on my right I'd go see if I could help by locking up his house or contacting anyone for him.
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Originally Posted by NJFISH View Post
If she lives alone, it wouldn't hurt to show some concern.
Also for the future maybe if you were to get a couple contact numbers (relatives) it might come in really helpful at some point...
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Get the number for her lawyer or realtor...

Just kidding. But I say yeah, stop over to see if you can contact someone for her.
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Flipping burgers and drinking beers in backyard? Damn. What was the rest of the problem? I couldn't get past that.
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If you don't know her, there is not much you can do on a personal level. As a good neighbor, I would keep a eye on the house (as much as I could) while she is gone. It would suck to go to the hospital and come home to a house that was broken into.

I started getting better acquainted with my neighbors after incidents like, kitchen fires or elderly neighbors with health problems. The other neighbors would wonder out in the street and conversations would pop up. I got to know my neighbors (the good, concerned ones) better. The jerks, just stayed in their own homes and could care less.

Sounds like you are one of the ones who has concern so, get out and chat with the neighbors but, stay out of the fire and medical guys way.
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You move the grill and cooler from the back yard to the front yard and continue as you were, with a better view.
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Originally Posted by fishingfun View Post
If it was my neighbor on my left I'd sneak over an let the air out of the ambulance tires. The neighbor on my right I'd go see if I could help by locking up his house or contacting anyone for him.
Are you living in my house without me knowing about it? I have the same situation. I would go one step farther and shoot that damn pitbull rescue when they were all at the hospital. The good neighbors to the right would keep watch for me.
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The guys I worked with would have liked a burger or two.



Nothing you can do really so mind your own business. If you know the woman then a pleasant call to a family member or two is not a bad thing.

EMS is not going to give you any information due to privacy laws.
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Move the party to her house, she's not coming home for a while.
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I'd say let the paramedics do their job and stay out of the way. If it was earlier and no one was there I'd say yes go comfort her.
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Originally Posted by uncljohn View Post
You move the grill and cooler from the back yard to the front yard and continue as you were, with a better view.
You didn't mention bringing the lawn chairs to the front yard.
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Originally Posted by Atticus View Post
Whats the appropriate move?
file a lawsuit. duh.
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When I was being wheeled out a coulpe years ago, neighbor stopped by and asked my wife if they could watch the kids so she (my wife) could come along the the hospital with me. Helped a lot, one less thing to deal with during a crazy time.
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My Mom is 89 and my two brothers are nearby. (She lives alone).

She calls EMT quite offend, before calling a son.

EMTs said "Call anytime, it gets you first in line at the emergency room."

Is this true?
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Originally Posted by cedarholm View Post
My Mom is 89 and my two brothers are nearby. (She lives alone).

She calls EMT quite offend, before calling a son.

EMTs said "Call anytime, it gets you first in line at the emergency room."

Is this true?
Say anything about your heart....you go directly to to the front of the line.
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Originally Posted by Tireless View Post
Say anything about your heart....you go directly to to the front of the line.
Been there done that.............

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