Fox 13 News in Tampa Bay, Florida has a story regarding a SunStar EMT’s photo posted on Facebook of an EMS Bingo card drawing harsh criticism.
The problem isn’t that there is a community outrage going on. The harshest criticism and condemnation appearing in the article and associated newscast comes from FORMER EMT Garrett Goodwin.
This is from the article:
So, how would you feel if you saw something called “EMS Bingo” inside an ambulance?
That’s what many in the Bay Area are asking after an EMS worker in Pinellas County posted a photo of the game on social media Friday.
Some say it gives a black eye to hard-working first responders. Others say first responders need to have a sense of humor to cope with the life-and-death situations they encounter every day.
No one would call a life or death scene funny, but the EMS Bingo card seems to make light of obvious tragedy. The photo posted on the Facebook profile of a SunStar Paramedics EMT around noon Friday, was removed by 5 p.m.
The line “but the EMS Bingo card seems to make light of obvious tragedy” is exactly correct… it SEEMS to those outside the industry, but for anyone who works on an ambulance it reads like a daily run log. The two exceptions being “Overdramatic Family” and “Code Brown“, which are more likely lifted from training scenarios. I can think of far worse terms to describe those two situations, so kudos to the creator of the card for taking the high road.
This type of article, fueled by comments of a FORMER EMT, illustrate the kind of feeding frenzy I asked to stop at the beginning of EMS Week. There are numerous quotes where FORMER EMT Garrett Goodwin eschews the card creators for being insensitive, called the card “disgusting”, and referred to it as “dead people Bingo”. Clearly there is no reason for him to refer to it as “dead people Bingo” because death does not appear anywhere on the card, nor do any of the call types automatically result in dead people.
This is the paragraph where I would traditionally highly criticize this FORMER EMT about the poor attitude, understanding, and lack of actual experience that is apparent from his comments. I would also berate the journalist for shoddily qualifying him as a source to comment on this subject. However, I’m not going to be a hypocrite. I should be willing to give back that which I have asked for. Therefore I am refraining.
I will say that we should be glad that he is a FORMER EMT, and we as an industry should make sure he stays that way for the sake of our young. I would caution FORMER EMT Garrett Goodwin to stop criticizing those who are doing a job he is no longer doing so harshly, especially for something that for the most part can appear on a daily run log.
Interestingly enough, the article does note that reaction on social media was a mix and while some “said the post was in poor taste, but did not entirely condemn the Bingo card.” The lack of public outcry shows that this article and FORMER EMT Garrett Goodwin‘s comments are needlessly exaggerated.