It is that time of year again. Rescue Day. When I was an AA (rookie) at the Bethesda Chevy Chase Rescue Squad, Rescue Day meant days of cleanng and polishing. Then came the day. Always on the first Saturday of October and it coincided with Taste of Bethesda to draw as many visitors as possible. Moonbounce, kid fingerprinting, balloons, a toy train, demonstrations, and the helicopter from Park Police.
I think my favorite was when our Sgt arranged with ECC to broadcast the tones of a mass casualty event and then we recreated a mass casualty in the back parking lot complete with moulage and fake blood (IV bags full of red dye). The comments overheard from the crowd showed that it was an eye opening experience for the majority of them.
Laura (my sister) and I went this year. Neither one of us ride any longer but we are both Life Members and we brought my young nephews. I also brought Káva. It was so much fun to see all the old faces .... I meant that in the nicest way .... all the other Life Members who showed up to exchange stories, laughs, and life updates. It also reminded both of us how much we missed riding. It's hard to move on sometimes.