One of the Parkland first responders just revealed something we are absolutely sickened to hear. After he arrived on scene, a veteran EMT was given a stand down order during the crucial moments of the Majory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting.
From The Daily Wire:
A Parkland first responder claims he was told to stand down during crucial moments following the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting, hypothesizing that he “could have saved lives” if he were allowed inside the building at that time.
The man, described as a “seasoned emergency medical responder” by WSVN Miami News 7 reporter Brian Entin who interviewed him Saturday night, asked to remain anonymous in fear that he might be fired for speaking out.
“Everything I was trained on mass casualty events says they did the wrong thing,” the first responder said. “You don’t wait for the scene to be cleared. You go in immediately armed. Retrieve the victims. You can’t leave the victims laying there.”
The first responder said he was asking officials to go inside the school, but was told not to enter:
We were asking to go in. Asking the scene commander to go in. Why are we all standing around? Why are we not having patients to treat? Why are we not going into the building and retrieving these kids? The response every time was law enforcement did not clear the scene and would not allow medical personnel in.
“I would hypothesize I could have saved lives. I can’t say for sure,” he said, adding, “I would have risked my life to go in. I was eager to.”
The first responder said he felt “frustrated the entire time I was there.”
“Rapid evacuation of the wounded. All they had to do was drag them out of the building. And we could have started medical care.”
This is absolutely sickening. A first responder was ready, willing, and able to go in and save lives, and was ordered to NOT do his job. To NOT save the lives of students and teachers who were being massacred. This should infuriate everyone, and especially the friends, family, and students and faculty of the school. Knowing that there could have been life saving efforts happening that were being DENIED is the must infuriating thing.