Photo by Christopher Michel.
Good morning Georgetown, here’s the latest:
Photo by Colin Brody.
GM was reminded recently that not all residents of Georgetown realize that they have access to a fantastic service via Georgetown University: extremely rapid and free EMT service.
Through the school’s GERMs program (that’s Georgetown Emergency Response Medical Service), students who are fully trained and certified emergency medical technicians are on call 24-7 to respond to any medical emergency you might have. Call them at 202-687-4357 and there will be an ambulance at your house in minutes.
This service is primarily designed for students, but it is nonetheless available to all residents of west Georgetown, Burleith and Foxhall whether you’re affiliated with the university or not. Also, it’s not the official policy of GERMs to offer the services to east Georgetown, the informal policy is to respond nonetheless.
Why not just call 911? Well, these students are just as fully certified as a professional responder. And unless you’re in far eastern Georgetown, GERMs will probably arrive faster than a city ambulance. Moreover they are free, whereas an ambulance dispatched through 911 may charge you $500-$1000 to transport you to a hospital.
GM’s got the number programed in his phone (although he thankfully has never had to use it). You ought to do so as well.
For those who lived in these parts prior to 2005, you surely remember the great Joe Pozell. Seen above, Pozell bravely directed traffic from the center of Wisconsin and M St.
It was like watching a master conduct a symphony orchestra. With a whistle in his mouth and stop signs on his gloves, he commanded all traffic with authority.
Sadly, he lost his life ten years ago this May while performing this service when he mistakenly stepped into the path of a car. Continue reading