Posted By: Blue
I try not to contradict my wife whenever possible, but I would like to point-out that on Sunday evening, I was actually attending my second call. My first call was here, and I'm sticking to it.
First call of my first actual shift was a sudden death (SD). Great way to start out. Guess it was gonna happen sooner or later.
Dude "expired" on the toilet (how cliche). He was apparently a bit of a loner. He called in sick Wednesday and Thursday. Family didn't find him until Sunday. The Medical Examiner Investigator thinks he may have actually called in sick for Thursday a day before, because he was pretty far gone.
We advised the family not to take a look at the body. He wasn't himself. My Field Training Officer (FTO) took down all the relevant info while I took everything else in (the sights, the smells... the tastes... He really was decomposed. It hung in the air.). I had been worried about my first dead body, but as it turned out, I felt confident and at ease. We returned to the station and my FTO wrote a lengthy report.
The remainder of the shift was relatively quiet. We ran a few plates, attended a family disturbance, and a noise complaint. I wrote a short report on the family disturbance, but the noise complaint was deuced (cleared with no report) with just a few comments on the computer.
And so ended my first shift. Now I'm on four days off. I start a six day stretch of day-shift again Friday. Looking forward to it!