I attended the Panerathon Saturday and I observed that Paramedic Unit X19 was parked near the sycamore tree on the north side of Macy's, right at the intersection of several parking lanes and in a two-way drive through. I sat in the shade at a picnic table and watched dozens of people inconvenienced by X19 in their efforts to drive through.

I attended the Panerathon Saturday and I observed that Paramedic Unit X19 was parked near the sycamore tree on the north side of Macy's, right at the intersection of several parking lanes and in a two-way drive through. I sat in the shade at a picnic table and watched dozens of people inconvenienced by X19 in their efforts to drive through.

Some drove over the curb and scuffed their wheel and tire, some just had to wait until traffic cleared. There weren't a lot of cars, but none could proceed with confidence so going was slow. Nobody going west could see adequately. Many drivers were elderly.

When a car slammed on its brakes and skidded to avoid a low-speed collision with another car, I decided to take some action. I walked across the parking lot, found the driver, and asked him to move his ambulance since it was creating a safety hazard. He just blew me off and did nothing.

I am not a firefighter, nor a policeman, but I have a master's degree in traffic engineering and about 40 years of experience working in heavy industry. In paper mills, steel mills, power plants and chemical factories, there are hundreds of ways to be injured or killed. You can be pickled, fried, shredded, electrocuted, poisoned, flattened or splattered. It is obviously about as bad as driving on the highway today.

Safety is emphasized in every way imaginable. I have gone through safety programs, I have watched special movies, attended lectures on OSHA and read thousands of safety posters. My basic being is safety oriented.

So when the guy just blew me off, I was amazed. The more I thought about it, the more concerned I got. Right now I can tell you that when the firemen's pension funding is back on the ballot, I will vote no. A little turnover at the firehouse sounds good to me right now.

Meanwhile, if the squad would have stayed home Saturday, the citizens of UA would have been slightly safer than they were with the officious turkeys present.