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  •  i'm local and i heard the news on the radio... (16+ / 0-)

    ...yesterday.  Made me heartsick and sick to my stomach at the same time.

    I've had to call 911 a few times, and have always been thankful for the fact that help was minutes away.  

    The news earlier today was that the one officer on life support was declared to be brain-dead and that his relatives informed doctors that they can start seeking patients who need organ donations.

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    Just a bit of background for folks outside the area:

    Highland Hospital is the major public hospital in Alameda County.  It's a "teaching hospital," which results in a very high standard of care in a wide range of areas.  It has a world-class trauma center that deals with automobile accident victims and crime victims from the surrounding area.

    The various Bay Area paramedic squads are highly trained at dealing with trauma cases, as part of the overall training for earthquakes and other disasters.   The local fire departments have paramedic-trained firefighters in every engine company, and usually a fire engine is dispatched to every ambulance call in the event it gets to the scene before the ambulance.  

    No doubt those officers were in the very best of hands.  But sometimes nothing that humans can do is sufficient.   And so we mourn.  

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