Don’t Light That Torch


There is a scene in an episode of the TV show “Emergency” that metaphorically illustrates what happens when I warn people of impending political disaster. I have not been able to find the video anywhere on the internet. Please help. Perhaps you can get it from NetFlix if you have a subscription.

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105 7 “The Exam” Richard Bennett Tom Egan November 13, 1976 (1976-11-13)
Roy and John are concerned about their paramedic re-certification exam; Dixie asks Dr. Brackett to put together the exam at least part of the way. Molly (Bridget Hanley), a fireman’s widow, calls for help for her daughter, Jeanine, who got her head stuck in a table, and John is concerned about her calling them for minor things, until Jeanine has a really bad fall. An accident on a movie set turns deadly.

I have been unable to find the video of this episode to be able to post the scene on the internet. Close to the end of the episode, the team is called to an accident on a movie set. As the fire engine approaches the scene, the captain sees someone trapped in a crashed vehicle. There is a gasoline spill at the accident. The captain sees a technician about to light a torch to cut the vehicle open. The captain gets on the loudspeaker in the fire engine, and shouts “Don’t light that torch”. The technician does not listen, and he lights the torch. The car immediately goes up in flames killing the occupants. I think the video of this scene would have much more impact than my description of it. That scene still sticks in my mind 43 years after I saw it.

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