Either this excerpt from the novel still in progress reveals too much, or it's a great teaser.
We got to a smoldering house where a family huddled on the porch against the cold as it was tho only dry place they could find. The mother held a young boy with a badly burned arm. They were drying a towel on the open door of the oven when it caught fire and he tried to put it out and got burned in the process. He wore a polyester shirt that partially melted on his skin giving him an ugly third degree burn.
" What's the ETA on the ambulance?" Darryl asked as he examined the wound.
"Another ten." Fisher informed him. Ten minutes! The kid was in shock and needed to be at the hospital now.
"It's the roads. Slippy as shit and clogged with vehicles." Fatty grumbled in frustration. I had a a better idea.
"I can get him to West Penn in four. Call the ER and let them know I'm coming." I looked at the Captain and he nodded approval. I got a blanket and plastic tarp from the truck and wrapped him in them. He moaned in pain as I gently hoisted him over my left shoulder, letting his injured arm drape over the other. Still in full turnout gear with my helmet strapped in place I took off into the darkness. I keep a flashlight secured to the side of the helmet for additional lighting and it illuminated the driving snow as I tried to keep my head down out of the cloud of wet confetti hitting me in the face.
"Are we really flying?" I heard the boy ask with a quivering voice.
"Sure, but don't worry, we'll be at the hospital soon." I whispered, holding him close to me.
"Uh, take your time." I smiled, relieved he wasn't so worried about his injury.
I found the parking lot at the ER entrance where two nurses and a gurney waited. I came down slowly so as not to slip on a patch of ice. A flash of light distracted me momentarily.
"What the hell." I complained when I saw a photographer.Turns out he was doing a story about the burn unit a nurse explained.
The next day a photo of me twelve feet off the ground clutching a kid in a snow storm appeared on the front page of every major newspaper.
So much for paying attention to other things.