Selfie shame

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First published in Letters by

THIS behaviour among firefighters, police and paramedics should be a disciplinary offence (Police officer apologises after crash scene selfies, The Press, August 29). It should be stamped out at the earliest opportunity.

At their stations or public events, such behaviour might be okay, but not after an incident. If this sort of behaviour continues, people will start to think again about calling on these services, if that is the state of their professionalism.

Chief constables, chief fire officers and the heads of the ambulance service should tell their staff to work as the professional people we know they are.

David Ruddock, Acomb Road, York.

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6:18pm Mon 1 Sep 14

Brabus says...

I'm sure your comments are noted Mr Ruddock but they're wrong on so many levels. There is of course a time/place for professionalism and our services can generally be counted on to act appropriately at these times. There are other times when having dealt with the worst that society can throw at them these people (yes they are actually people with feelings) need to embrace cameraderie and create positive memories for themselves and their families.

Unless your screen magically shows the crash scene in all it's (un)glory then it's fabr less bad than some of the images posted by The Press in recent history
I'm sure your comments are noted Mr Ruddock but they're wrong on so many levels. There is of course a time/place for professionalism and our services can generally be counted on to act appropriately at these times. There are other times when having dealt with the worst that society can throw at them these people (yes they are actually people with feelings) need to embrace cameraderie and create positive memories for themselves and their families. Unless your screen magically shows the crash scene in all it's (un)glory then it's fabr less bad than some of the images posted by The Press in recent history Brabus
  • Score: 21

7:21pm Mon 1 Sep 14

bolero says...

Maybe, but not in this unseemly manner.
Maybe, but not in this unseemly manner. bolero
  • Score: -5

10:43pm Mon 1 Sep 14

dsom73 says...

A gunman broke into my home and shot me in the knees and set fire to my head. I was going to call the Police, Ambulance and Fire Service but then it occurred to me they might take some selfies and put them on Facebook and I didn't want my blood spattered legs or half incinerated fizzog tagging for all to see.
A gunman broke into my home and shot me in the knees and set fire to my head. I was going to call the Police, Ambulance and Fire Service but then it occurred to me they might take some selfies and put them on Facebook and I didn't want my blood spattered legs or half incinerated fizzog tagging for all to see. dsom73
  • Score: -5

10:46pm Mon 1 Sep 14

Justin7 says...

It was a small accident and everyone was dealt with fine. Afterwards they took a selfie to relax.

I find anyone complaining about needs a real slap across the face, because the amount of stress and horrid things these heroes see daily absolutely gives them the right to be able to be able to have a bit of fun to defuse situations the letter writing fool doesn't have the first clue about.

Disgusting letter. What a sad, sad individual you are, David Ruddock, Acomb Road.
It was a small accident and everyone was dealt with fine. Afterwards they took a selfie to relax. I find anyone complaining about needs a real slap across the face, because the amount of stress and horrid things these heroes see daily absolutely gives them the right to be able to be able to have a bit of fun to defuse situations the letter writing fool doesn't have the first clue about. Disgusting letter. What a sad, sad individual you are, David Ruddock, Acomb Road. Justin7
  • Score: -4

10:21am Tue 2 Sep 14

julia brica says...

I entirely agree with Mr Ruddock. His points are valid on all points. The very fact that we are debating this only shows to prove how the calibre of professionalism has fallen over the years and indeed continues to do so.
I entirely agree with Mr Ruddock. His points are valid on all points. The very fact that we are debating this only shows to prove how the calibre of professionalism has fallen over the years and indeed continues to do so. julia brica
  • Score: -10

10:27am Tue 2 Sep 14

Brabus says...

And your definition of professionalism is what ?

Mine is that they do they job they're paid to do and engage pro-actively with the public they're there to serve/protect.

Maybe if you'd walked a mile in their shoes............
And your definition of professionalism is what ? Mine is that they do they job they're paid to do and engage pro-actively with the public they're there to serve/protect. Maybe if you'd walked a mile in their shoes............ Brabus
  • Score: 6

10:32am Tue 2 Sep 14

julia brica says...

Justin7 wrote:
It was a small accident and everyone was dealt with fine. Afterwards they took a selfie to relax.

I find anyone complaining about needs a real slap across the face, because the amount of stress and horrid things these heroes see daily absolutely gives them the right to be able to be able to have a bit of fun to defuse situations the letter writing fool doesn't have the first clue about.

Disgusting letter. What a sad, sad individual you are, David Ruddock, Acomb Road.
Your comments are a sad indictment of society today and merely reinforce the need for robust rules and discipline to be instilled into our professional services. If anyone deserves a slap in the face just look in a mirror justin7
[quote][p][bold]Justin7[/bold] wrote: It was a small accident and everyone was dealt with fine. Afterwards they took a selfie to relax. I find anyone complaining about needs a real slap across the face, because the amount of stress and horrid things these heroes see daily absolutely gives them the right to be able to be able to have a bit of fun to defuse situations the letter writing fool doesn't have the first clue about. Disgusting letter. What a sad, sad individual you are, David Ruddock, Acomb Road.[/p][/quote]Your comments are a sad indictment of society today and merely reinforce the need for robust rules and discipline to be instilled into our professional services. If anyone deserves a slap in the face just look in a mirror justin7 julia brica
  • Score: -6

10:34am Tue 2 Sep 14

julia brica says...

Brabus wrote:
And your definition of professionalism is what ?

Mine is that they do they job they're paid to do and engage pro-actively with the public they're there to serve/protect.

Maybe if you'd walked a mile in their shoes............
I did mate many many a mile.
[quote][p][bold]Brabus[/bold] wrote: And your definition of professionalism is what ? Mine is that they do they job they're paid to do and engage pro-actively with the public they're there to serve/protect. Maybe if you'd walked a mile in their shoes............[/p][/quote]I did mate many many a mile. julia brica
  • Score: -2

10:46am Tue 2 Sep 14

Brabus says...

julia brica wrote:
Brabus wrote:
And your definition of professionalism is what ?

Mine is that they do they job they're paid to do and engage pro-actively with the public they're there to serve/protect.

Maybe if you'd walked a mile in their shoes............
I did mate many many a mile.
Seems you've taken this to a personal level (which is sad if you've walked a mile)

Maybe time to accept that thinks move on
[quote][p][bold]julia brica[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Brabus[/bold] wrote: And your definition of professionalism is what ? Mine is that they do they job they're paid to do and engage pro-actively with the public they're there to serve/protect. Maybe if you'd walked a mile in their shoes............[/p][/quote]I did mate many many a mile.[/p][/quote]Seems you've taken this to a personal level (which is sad if you've walked a mile) Maybe time to accept that thinks move on Brabus
  • Score: 0

11:17am Tue 2 Sep 14

julia brica says...

Brabus wrote:
julia brica wrote:
Brabus wrote:
And your definition of professionalism is what ?

Mine is that they do they job they're paid to do and engage pro-actively with the public they're there to serve/protect.

Maybe if you'd walked a mile in their shoes............
I did mate many many a mile.
Seems you've taken this to a personal level (which is sad if you've walked a mile)

Maybe time to accept that thinks move on
I'm a bit long in the tooth and thick skinned to take this to personal. And if this is an example of things moving on then read on.
I had occasion to visit the police station on fulford road to discuss an incident I had witnessed.
I was met by a young policewoman of Asian descent who was wearing full make up gold bangles and a 2inch faced dolci cabana watch. The young lady held little knowledge of the subject we were discussing and had no idea how to take a statement. I realised she was completely out of her depth and asked to speak to another officer but none others were available. I simply gave up and left.
Yes indeed things do move on, sadly on a downward spiral.
[quote][p][bold]Brabus[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]julia brica[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Brabus[/bold] wrote: And your definition of professionalism is what ? Mine is that they do they job they're paid to do and engage pro-actively with the public they're there to serve/protect. Maybe if you'd walked a mile in their shoes............[/p][/quote]I did mate many many a mile.[/p][/quote]Seems you've taken this to a personal level (which is sad if you've walked a mile) Maybe time to accept that thinks move on[/p][/quote]I'm a bit long in the tooth and thick skinned to take this to personal. And if this is an example of things moving on then read on. I had occasion to visit the police station on fulford road to discuss an incident I had witnessed. I was met by a young policewoman of Asian descent who was wearing full make up gold bangles and a 2inch faced dolci cabana watch. The young lady held little knowledge of the subject we were discussing and had no idea how to take a statement. I realised she was completely out of her depth and asked to speak to another officer but none others were available. I simply gave up and left. Yes indeed things do move on, sadly on a downward spiral. julia brica
  • Score: 4

12:55pm Tue 2 Sep 14

Halifaxbomber says...

How sad that our brave members of the Police, Ambulance and Fire services are not allowed to smile after the things they have to put up with, surely this 'Selfie' proves they are human beings. Good for them and sorry Mr Ruddock but you must be a sad individual to have penned this letter.
How sad that our brave members of the Police, Ambulance and Fire services are not allowed to smile after the things they have to put up with, surely this 'Selfie' proves they are human beings. Good for them and sorry Mr Ruddock but you must be a sad individual to have penned this letter. Halifaxbomber
  • Score: 6

3:00pm Tue 2 Sep 14

Miles Davis says...

dsom73 wrote:
A gunman broke into my home and shot me in the knees and set fire to my head. I was going to call the Police, Ambulance and Fire Service but then it occurred to me they might take some selfies and put them on Facebook and I didn't want my blood spattered legs or half incinerated fizzog tagging for all to see.
What utter rubbish! As a Paramedic myself I have often taken a quick 'scene' photo, either of the accident vehicles or patient in situ (treatment never compromised to take the photo, before someone picks up on something that isn't there to write about)! The scene photo tells the Doctor and staff in A&E a lot of information about what has happened and the forces involved etc. The photo is always deleted after the event. Always.
I would never take a selfie or a photo as a means to relieve stress, but the amount of stress we and the other Emergency services are under is often immense. Cut some slack folks and find something else to moan about.
[quote][p][bold]dsom73[/bold] wrote: A gunman broke into my home and shot me in the knees and set fire to my head. I was going to call the Police, Ambulance and Fire Service but then it occurred to me they might take some selfies and put them on Facebook and I didn't want my blood spattered legs or half incinerated fizzog tagging for all to see.[/p][/quote]What utter rubbish! As a Paramedic myself I have often taken a quick 'scene' photo, either of the accident vehicles or patient in situ (treatment never compromised to take the photo, before someone picks up on something that isn't there to write about)! The scene photo tells the Doctor and staff in A&E a lot of information about what has happened and the forces involved etc. The photo is always deleted after the event. Always. I would never take a selfie or a photo as a means to relieve stress, but the amount of stress we and the other Emergency services are under is often immense. Cut some slack folks and find something else to moan about. Miles Davis
  • Score: 6
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