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  1. mikefive

    mikefive said, 6 months ago

    This ’toon is a fine example of trying to make a mountain out of a molehill. However, more to follow after the investigation is completed?

  2. masterskrain

    masterskrain GoComics PRO Member said, 6 months ago

    Mikefive, I believe the person who’s Father DIED as the fireman stood and watched would not consider it a “molehill”.

  3. Harleyquinn

    Harleyquinn GoComics PRO Member said, 6 months ago

    Obamacare? must be in the 2,000 pages that were passed in the middle of the night with out reading it, or maybe the 20,000 pages of rules and regulations the law makers turned it into. I wonder if the 16,000 new IRS agents have to read it along with the 1,000,000 pages that are the IRS code?

  4. Rad-ish

    Rad-ish GoComics PRO Member said, 6 months ago

    It would have been politically correct to save the life.
    There were no rules that they could not help the man.

  5. Stipple

    Stipple said, 6 months ago

    Alaska has a law against ignoring folks in dire situations. Not sure how it got worded but if I walk away from a person in need the family can sue me for not attempting assistance.
    I find it sad the law was necessary but reality bites, as seen by the firefighters’ responses.
    On a side note, my daughter is a volunteer firefighter and getting her EMT certificate was mandatory prior to being accepted.

  6. Truist

    Truist GoComics PRO Member said, 6 months ago


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  7. Truist

    Truist GoComics PRO Member said, 6 months ago

    Obviously the faux minions of empirical rhetoric can’t relate to the professional requirements of all Fire Dept’s and their Paramedic’s code of responsibility.
    The investigation and there will be one will into the dereliction of duty by the firefighter(s) and that stations chief will be the final statement to they’re irresponsible behavior.

  8. mikefive

    mikefive said, 6 months ago


    “Mikefive, I believe the person who’s Father DIED as the fireman stood and watched would not consider it a “molehill”.”

    OK. I had to go look again. The first one I had looked at concerned a drunk. A passerby called EMS. A cop showed up, saw the man was drunk and took him to his apartment. Hours later, he was found dead in his apartment. I found another one that may be referenced in the cartoon and that one is definitely not a molehill.

  9. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, 6 months ago


    So anything you don’t like is “political correctness?” How is this PC? This is about the govt tendency to waste time instead of doing the obvious thing like helping.
    Next time specify directly what you mean, not just a glib dubious political bon mot.

  10. Jase99

    Jase99 said, 6 months ago


    From what I read, the fireman’s union criticized the man for not helping. They stated the proper procedure in this case would have been to alert the other members of the firehouse of the situation, then go help him.

    Personally, I’d like to see him charged with depraved indifference.

  11. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, 6 months ago


    I do believe all 50 plus territories have laws against ignoring others in trouble. Criminal offense.

  12. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, 6 months ago


    At the hospital you have the best chance possible of not dying from a heart attack.
    Please don’t call people “fools.”

  13. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, 6 months ago

    That is “50 plus states and territories.”

  14. Truist

    Truist GoComics PRO Member said, 6 months ago


    We have paramedics and ambulance service here in North Lake Tahoe that is second to none, having over 18 years of direct experience with NTF I have a better understanding the issues relating to this.
    This situation is based more on what the station in question has in resources is it a volunteer staffed or full time paid staff station is there a full time paramedic on duty etc, but as a general rule even first responders are trained to call or have someone call 911 first to mobilize resources, ambulance, paramedics if one is not at that station, then provide what assistance we can to help until a paramedic is on scene.
    The 911 call is mandatory it moves resources immediately putting the response machine in motion to provide aid and cover resource’s in the advent that another ring-down comes in to their network to maintain minimal response times.
    As to why this particular event happened the investigation will weed out the problem, hopefully they will correct the problem with better training and oversight.

  15. churchillwasright

    churchillwasright said, 6 months ago

    UNTRUSTED MECHANIC said “If you look to breitbart as a credible source of anything but highly edited, out-of-context propaganda, you only prove yourself to be a fool.”

    This is pretty funny when you consider it’s from the same poster who told me on Wit of the World that I should look to MSNBC for their “extensive stories”. (A PPP Poll just released says MSNBC is the least trusted news source (6%), followed only by their parent company, NBC 3%. You’re obviously one of the “enlightened” 6%)

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