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John "Johnny" Roderick Gage
Career: We know that Johnny was working at station 10 as a rescue man/firefighter
before he joined the paramedic program, graduated, and was assigned with Roy to
Station/Squad 51. He has attempted to help improve the fire service by inventing a
foam bomb, a canvas spanner sleeve, and a better way to record runs (all of which
failed). He has also served on the paramedic advisory committee, run for the
firemen's welfare committee (but lost), and gone on television shows to help increase the
public's awareness of fire safety and the paramedic program. Though he, himself, has
been responsible for causing a fire at the station when he attempted to fix a
television. He has received an award for "performance above and beyond the call
of duty" but later discovered that it was given to him in error. He is often
the target of Chet's practical jokes. He was once accused of stealing money from a
victim but was later cleared of the charges. Occasionally he becomes
emotionally involved with his victims, like the time he agreed to take care of a victim's
dog. He seldom gets to drive the squad. Johnny seems inordinately
accident prone, injuries sustained while on the job include: being punched by a drunk,
cutting his hand while attempting to rescue a victim from an overturned car, injuring his
hand on a nail while attempting to catch a purse snatcher, getting hit by a car after a
call, slipping and bruising his ribs on a climb, being overcome by a dangerous illness
while attempting to rescue an injured man from a scaffold, spraining his back doing
handsprings (off duty), mild smoke inhalation and a fall off a stairway, breaking his leg
when he's trapped in an exploding apartment building, twisting his knee while repelling
down a steep embankment, pulling a muscle during a fire, being bitten by a rattlesnake
after a rescue, injuring his leg during a fire while rescuing a guard from a fire, and
suffering radiation poisoning while rescuing a victim from a fire at a lab.
Surprisingly, Johnny lived through all this and was eventually promoted to captain
Career: Roy spent some time in the service before becoming a firefighter. He was one of the original six paramedics to complete the program. He has served on the paramedic advisory committee and run for the welfare committee (but lost). He also invented a canvas spanner sleeve for the department but never submitted it to the committee. He has occasionally had second thoughts about being a paramedic: once when a victim he treated died, and another time when he is up for promotion for engineer, but both times he decided that being a paramedic was what he wanted most. He has been accused of stealing money and hitting a pedestrian, but was later cleared of both charges. He received a commendation, but it was later discovered to have been an error. Though Roy often warned Johnny about getting too involved with their victims, he's been guilty of it himself: once he took a victim's son into his home for several days (the child reeked havoc) and another time he agreed to take care of a victim's plants. Injuries sustained while on the job include: mild abrasions sustained during an explosion at rail yard, being overcome by heat at a nightclub fire, injuring his shoulder while rescuing an escaped prisoner, minor burns from both a fire & creosote, injuring his arm when he's blown out a window during an explosion, minor head wound and bruises when the ambulance he's riding in is involved in an accident, electrocution by power lines (saved by a new trainee), injuries sustained in a fireworks warehouse explosion, getting hit in the eye with cobra venom, and falling through floor during a fire. Roy survives these mishaps and is eventually promoted to captain
Personal Life: Born November 7th. Roy is a solid, dependable family man, though he doesn't mind thumbing through an occasional Playboy at the barbershop. He is married to Joanne, who he's known since the third grade. In fact, they even went on a quiz show together. He has two children, a young son, Chris, and a daughter. Also a mother-in-law he doesn't get along with, and a sister-in-law. In the past, Roy was on the Norwalk High School swim team and sang barbershop quartet. As a child, he had his tonsils removed but they later grew back. His hobbies include fishing, picking winning racehorses (for fun), and working on the old engine that he and Johnny bought. He has also thought about going into business on the side. In fact, the floor cleaning business was his idea. The rest of the ideas were usually Johnny's and Roy tended not to go along with them at first, but Johnny usually convinced him...eventually. After a lot of thought, Roy eventually bought a house at Johnny's urging. Roy is generally a nice guy and went out of his way not to hurt the feelings of a grateful victim that called him continually. He also provided emotional support for the wife of a fellow firefighter who was injured, and helped Molly, who's husband (also a firefighter) had been killed. One of Roy's favorite phrases is: "Chili Today, Hot Tamale" .
Dr. Kelly "Kel" Brackett
Kelly Brackett attended John's Hopkins to become a doctor even though he father wanted him to be a lawyer. Kel is an excellent doctor; however, he does suffer from a lack of diplomacy at times. They say that doctors make the worst patients, we see this is true of him as well when he's been: gaffed by a catfish, overcome by a dangerous illness, and involved in a car accident.. His hobbies include tennis. He seems to focus on his work, leaving little time for a social life. He and Dixie dated for a period of time but apparently decided that it wasn't meant to be. We see that Kel is more than just brains when he punches out a biker to protect Dixie.
Dr. Joe Early
Dr. Early is a neurosurgeon who donates his time to the ER department. This may have something to do with his having been Kelly Brackett's intern (go figure?). Due to his calming bedside manner, he often treats child-aged patients at Rampart. He has other talents as well and seems to be both mechanically and musically inclined. Early was once a patient at Rampart when he had to undergo heart bypass surgery. He loves enchiladas and Captain Stanley's clam chowder.
Dixie "Dix" McCall
Dix is head nurse at Rampart Emergency Hospital. Her past experiences include working in a MASH unit during the Korean war and in the Pediatrics Department at Rampart. Dixie has dated (and even been engaged) to several people in the past, one being Dr. Brackett, and another, a famous actor. Dixie is tough and efficient but well-like by almost everyone. The paramedics even got together to throw her a surprise birthday party once. She doesn't have a high tolerance for red tape however, and has written a scathing letter to management in the past along with a little subterfuge against a supply nurse. Dix has a brother, but we know very little about him except that he used to carve peachpit baskets. If doctors make the worst patients, what do nurses make? Dixie was once injured during a rescue with Johnny and Roy and suffered a concussion, broke a toe when her foot was runover by an x-ray machine, broke her ankle and suffered a concussion while kicking a shopping cart, and sustained minor injuries during an explosion and fire at Rampart.
Captain "Hank" Henry Stanley
Chester "Chet" B. Kelly
Thanks to Shawn, Shon & Bill for additional info.
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