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Ice Rink Case

By D. E. Harrison

Copyright 2016 by D. E. Harrison

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 The Ice Rink

Chapter 2 The Autopsy

Chapter 3 The Second Day of the Case

Chapter 4 Testing the Skates

Chapter 5 The Third Day of the Case

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Chapter 1 The Ice Rink

It is not raining in the one city where very few people even own an umbrella, no less use it. But a few people will carry one in January; where it may rain 33-days straight. During these times the ducks wear boots, hip-boots. Last, no matter how much it rains there will never be a mud puddle for the kids to play in several hours later.

The weather in Seattle has a few local descriptions that will mean something only to the locals. Such as, ‘occasional sun breaks’ means it will have intermittent showers. The ‘filtered sun’ means a continual mist will be falling. Partly cloudy means less than 1/4 of an inch of rain. Seattle will forecast rain only if it is more than one inch of liquid sunshine will fall.

The most typical non-summer temperatures are 67 and 58 degrees, take your pick for day or night.

Summer temperatures run from 70 to 95 degrees for several days.

It is one of those rare autumn days where the sun has been out for most of the day. The local ice rink has the normal serious skaters in at 7 am. The music is from the classic FM station. By 9:30 the present skaters have almost left and the music is switched over to tape. The music is a little loud with a ‘beat’.

The extra help starts coming in 9:30 and by 10 am they are ready for the day. Jim the owner is hoping for a good day, but the weather is still too nice to drive people indoors. There is the normal rush at 10:15 and then right after lunch. For some reason there is a good crowd around 1 pm. He is up in the observation box changing the two-hour tape to something else. Most people do not stay long enough to get tired of a single tape, he does.

A 911 call comes in on Saturday afternoon to the center, “We need an aid car at the Crystal Palace ice rink. There has been some type of accident. I have no idea, I was told to call 911, so I did. I must go and find the kids. They are clearing the ice rink except for several people.”

Click is the only sound heard at the 911 call center.

Jim the owner of the ice rink places a second call almost immediately after the first comes in, except it is full of the necessary information from the ice rink.

Commander Henry comes to the 911 call station because of the red light above the operator.

“Send an aid car, a police unit for crowd and traffic control, send a second one out of Issaquah.”

Jim comes down from the observation booth. He half stumbles removing his slip-overs. With the slip-overs off, he has a Curling set of shoes on. He can slide on one and the other one grips the ice.

He slides up to fellow bending over a man laying on the ice, “Is he ok? I have called for an aid car.”

“Good, we are going to need one.”

Jim nods his head, “I will clear the rink, do what you can.”

Jim goes to the front area. He pulls several rolls of free passes from the under the counter, “We are going to clear the rink. Joan, take these. Everyone leaving the building gets a free pass. If a new person tries to come in, give them a free pass and send them away. I will help get the skates back and the people their shoes. I will be crazy for a time.”

Jim goes to the PA system, and the music stops, “We have a medical emergency. The aid car is on the way. Please leave the rink as soon as possible. On your way out the door, remember to get a free pass to come again. Thanks.”

He pauses, “Also, if you could share your phones. We have some kids that need to call their folks to come and get them. We are opening the food court area for those that have to stay to be picked up.”

A fire station is only blocks away. In less than two minutes the first aid car arrives. They rush through the crowd leaving and find a middle-aged man laying on the ice being given CPR.

The aid car medic knows the person giving the CPR, “Captain Bay, what do you need?”

The Captain giving CPR replies, “In another minute someone to spell me. Take his vitals.”

The aid car’s second medic is hooking up the oxygen mask to the person on the ice.

The Captain asks, “Cover him some but let’s leave him on the ice for the time being.”

In a minute, “Here Captain, let me take over the CPR.”

Captain Bay starts toward the exit from the rink, “I will start to fill out my report. He was skating right in front of me when he collapsed. He did nothing but drop. I was only three steps behind him. He had no heart beat or breath when I got to him. I started CPR. I looked at my watch, it was 1:09.”

There was a good crowd skating. Jim checks to see how his few staff are contending with the large crowd of people still in the rink’s public area and leaving.

He goes to the service counter, “You will see a bunch of kids without parents. Give them whatever they want and sit them down. He is my phone, help them call so someone will come and pick them up. Help them with their skates and shoes if needed.”

He goes to the person with the clipboard in his hand and asks, “Is there anyone you can send outside to help with the traffic. There will be a lot of people to pick up or dropping off kids. We do not need any more people in here.”

Captain Bay replies, “Yes, Harvey, this guy needs someone outside to control the traffic and kids. Call in a second unit.”

“Captain, the second unit started out when we left. They are in Issaquah.”

The Captain says, “I will call the Chief. We need someone in a uniform now.”

Jim says, “I will be outside if needed.”

Still on the ice some ways off are the three people that were skating with the fellow that is down. Captain Bay skates over to them. There is a mother and two younger kids.

“Hello, I am Captain Bay. I need some information but let’s get off the ice and let the medics do their job.”

Sitting on some benches behind the wall surrounding the rink, “Is the fellow on any medications, say for a heart problem?”

The woman shakes her head no, “He is on no medication what so ever.”

Captain Bay says, “Let’s go in and change your skates for your shoes. I will meet you there as I need to change my skates. I will be right back.”

Captain Bay returns to the victim and his medics, “Any signs from him?”

“No sir, nothing.”

“He is on no medications. Call dispatch and get a doctor on the line. He has had CPR since he went down See what they want to do. I will get the family out of here and into the public or a private office.”

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