Union Democrat staff

Nurse, EMTs

To the editor

Re: The article about R.N. Jeanette Ohlott (Jan. 27).

First of all, both parties involved are basically right, but getting thrown in jail is a little much. I have had EMTs at my home four or five times in the last two years, and have no complaints of any kind. They do an excellent job.

Now here is my question: Say someone is at an eating establishment and chokes on a piece of meat and goes into cardiac arrest and there is a cardiac doctor there who comes to their aid first. Then the EMTs show up. Whom would you want to work on you? Case closed.

As for Jeanette Ohlott, R.N. Congratulations. Sometimes the chain of command needs to be broken for the welfare of a sick person.

Robert R. Hartz


Overzealous Samaritans

To the editor:

In response to "Nurse, EMT lock horns on New Years Eve" (Union Democrat, Jan. 15):

As a firefighter-paramedic with over 20 years on the job, I have had my share of overzealous good Samaritans. Emergency responders are trained to deliver the best of care in the most extreme situations. People must realize that once EMS personnel arrive at the scene, they be allowed to do their job.

CPR gives the body a fighting chance of survival, but rarely prevents sudden cardiac death by itself. Hindering emergency responders decreases the chance of a person's survival.

Additionally, a person who takes six hours to sober up is usually well over the .08 legal limit for being intoxicated.

It's baffling that this EMT, who was just trying to do his job, was described as "an insecure, rude, young hotshot" by the family of the very person he was trying to save. Apparently they have no idea of the dedication and commitment that fire and EMS personnel possess.

If someone were to stand between myself and my patient, you better believe that I would do what it takes to attempt the care that I am legally obligated to deliver.

There is nothing I admire more that a person who is willing to step up and help in an out-of-control situation. On the other hand, there is nothing that frustrates me more than someone who interferes with EMS personnel who are trying to save someone's life.

What would you have professional rescuers do once they arrive? Administer care to you or your loved one, or argue with an overzealous, possibly intoxicated good Samaritan?

Michael Pavao


More on nurse, EMTs

To the editor:

This is in response to registered nurse Jeanette Ohlott being arrested (Union Democrat, Jan. 17 and Jan. 27).

This is typical mentality of law enforcement wannabe-cop firemen these days. Nine out of 10 of these type persons think they are better than the average citizen.

Years ago, law enforcement were hired to protect and serve. These days they are enforcers, out there to collect revenue for their little cult and all who are involved.

How do you think they plan to pay for the new law and justice center? I'm betting this will cost Jeanette and the taxpayers quite a sum before its all over.

This .06 alcohol deal is just a collection tool. I'm pretty sure Jeanette was doing her job perfectly, just like she was trained. The real sad thing is if Tosca Mori had to wait for the EMTs, she would not be with us now.

This holds true for most emergency situations. It's Joe citizen who usually makes the difference. Law enforcement, emergency personal are usually there for the paper work and clean up. And, in Jeanette's case, arrest her for making them look bad.

All as I can say is the citizens of the Mi-Wuk Fire District should remember this when they vote on their new fire tax.

Michael Henaults

La Grange

To do list

To the editor:

I am writing to you for assistance. I have a lot of things I'd like to try and accomplish.

1. Reduce the retirement pay of our officials - city, county, state and federal. From the President of the USA to the local judge. They would need 20 years of service first.

2. Limit the number of terms to no more than two each so they can run for another office if they wish.

3. Social Security, disability, Medicare, welfare, MediCal to have at least a $1 increase per pay check of every one working. I would like to see more, but that may be downstream. The people would see how well this could help all of us, young and old, rich and poor.

We also need some way to keep this money locked into a fund of its own, not just a general fund.

Robert F. Nicholas