11/21/14 320 W, 1 I - + 12 - 5 BMW vs. Fire Hydrant in Boston - The Rest of the Story

With apologies to Paul Harvey. You probably saw the picture out of Boston last week, of a black BMW parked in front of a fire hydrant, and with one of their jakes trying to attach a supply line. The image was taken and tweeted by the Boston Fire Department. Or maybe you saw a second image of the thing, with the valve attached but the line not charged. There wasn't room with the car there.

This Boston Globe story from Monday detailed the incident, a three-alarm fire at a South End apartment building. Correspondent Jennifer Smith noted that "efforts to battle the blaze were hampered by a BMW station wagon..." etcetera, etcetera. Or as the BFD noted in their tweeted image, "This never helps."

Reporter Yvonne Abrahams has returned to the scene, and written a thoughtful Boston Globe piece on the owner of said illegally parked BMW. The owner's "bout of instant infamy" is a good reminder that "we are more than our mistakes." She writes about how his vehicle came to came to be parked there, his surprise, shock, and regret after learning where he'd parked and what happened, and his reaction to the reactions of others as posted on social media and the web. As you can surmise, or perhaps have felt yourself about the story, the latter involving a lot of outrage.

There are also reactions to the reactions, as the story's comment section shows. Meta comments, guess we'd call them. Pretty easy one for casting stones. Outrage is so very easy, isn't it? Judgment as well, just take a number. We're always in line, ready with our opinions. Certified human trait #1. Just as our capacity for error is certified human trait #2. 

But we're more than our mistakes, aren't we? 

Boston Fire Department photos

“efforts to battle the blaze were hampered by a BMW station wagon…” should read: “efforts to battle the blaze were hampered by a firefighter failing to think outside the box…”. The BMW is nothing more than an obstacle that needed to be overcome. If the adapter is not in the hydrant bag I see a giant tool box on wheels a mere 50 feet away. Unless it is dry there is no excuse that hydrant couldn’t be used.
Rescue Ranger - 11/21/14 - 12:32

“But we’re more than our mistakes, aren’t we?” I totally agree! Here’s a great message about that very thing, and yes, it’s overtly Spiritual. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IwtcwQwgd..
FF Cham - 11/23/14 - 17:48

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