Paddy Wagon

 A while back, we got a call from Riverview hospital about a girl who had gone AWOL (missing).

We happened to know the youth and had seen her the day before without realizing she was already AWOL The Hospital called just to let us know so that if we did see her we could try to get her back to a safe place. She showed up that very day to women’s drop in all happy to see us and of course it is hard to decide to make that call – to know that you are going to get an ambulance here to pick her up and bring her back to the hospital.

My team and I worked together and we got the police here and the police were amazing, the sweetest, kindest most understanding police officers. They allowed me to talk with the youth before bringing her downstairs. At first the youth was quite upset and she said she was fine and didn’t need any help and asked to please not let her be locked up. The police allowed us to stand there and work through the whole situation until the youth came to a point where she calmed down and she appeared to be feeling a little bit better.

Then we had to wait for the paddy wagon because the ambulance cannot transport somebody, even if it is a medical need, so it had to be the paddy wagon. We stood there and waited for the paddy wagon and while we continued processing the girl looked at me and said "You know what, it is for the best. I do need help". We talked about how much better she was doing and how much work she had obviously put in and she said "You know I am doing better and this is going to work for me".

 A while back, we got a call from Riverview hospital about a girl who had gone AWOL (missing).

We happened to know the youth and had seen her the day before without realizing she was already AWOL The Hospital called just to let us know so that if we did see her we could try to get her back to a safe place. She showed up that very day to women’s drop in all happy to see us and of course it is hard to decide to make that call – to know that you are going to get an ambulance here to pick her up and bring her back to the hospital.

My team and I worked together and we got the police here and the police were amazing, the sweetest, kindest most understanding police officers. They allowed me to talk with the youth before bringing her downstairs. At first the youth was quite upset and she said she was fine and didn’t need any help and asked to please not let her be locked up. The police allowed us to stand there and work through the whole situation until the youth came to a point where she calmed down and she appeared to be feeling a little bit better.

Then we had to wait for the paddy wagon because the ambulance cannot transport somebody, even if it is a medical need, so it had to be the paddy wagon. We stood there and waited for the paddy wagon and while we continued processing the girl looked at me and said "You know what, it is for the best. I do need help". We talked about how much better she was doing and how much work she had obviously put in and she said "You know I am doing better and this is going to work for me".

So we were feeling pretty good about her leaving and you know the police even expressed a little bit of anxiety about who was going to show up in the paddy wagon and how they would treat her because she was being so sweet. She was helping the police search her pockets so that they didn’t have to go out of their way. It was an amazing experience and then the paddy wagon driver showed up and held his hand out to shake hers and said "Hi my name is Aaron and I’m going to be your driver this evening".


The smile that came across her face was incredible. Off they went and the police said "Be careful…he’s going to talk your ears off the whole time." She left to a safe place knowing that people cared about her and making the decision for herself that this is what she needed to do.