About 12 hours into your 24-hour shift, you and your partner are finally sitting down to your first real meal of the day.
Just as the first bite of warm food hits your lips, the tones drop—an all-too-familiar scenario in the world of first responders.
You’re dispatched to a 51-year-old male reporting chest pain. You walk in the door to a very distraught family, gathered around a man clutching his chest. He is pale and sweating profusely. You meet your partner’s eyes, and you know you’re both thinking the same thing. You quickly obtain the ECG and your suspicions are confirmed: tombstones in leads II, III, and AVF.