Theodore Jerome Cohen Wins Flash Fiction Popular Vote

Theodore Jerome Cohen is the Readers’ Choice in this week’s Indies Unlimited Flash Fiction Challenge. The winning entry is decided by the popular vote and rewarded with a special feature here today. (In case of a tie,  the writer who submitted an entry first is the winner per our rules.) Without further ado, here’s the winning story:

3L0A0308 firefighter on radio flash fiction writing prompt copyright KS Brooks
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by Theodore Jerome Cohen

↯Engine 41, what is your status?↯
↯Engine 41, we have a single-family dwelling fully engulfed in fire.↯
↯Roger, Engine 41. Engine 97, are you on scene?↯
↯Engine 97, Truck 23, roger. Running a line now.↯
↯Rescue 41 from IC, are you standing by for medical?”↯
↯Rescue 41, roger. Have medical crew.↯
↯Engine 97, are all of the occupants out of the residence?↯
↯Engine 97, roger.↯
↯Rescue 97, I am attaching you to Engine 97.↯
↯Rescue 97, roger.↯
↯Engine 41. Urgent traffic, urgent traffic! We’ve had a roof collapse on the interior. We’ve had a roof collapse. ↯
↯Roger. You’ve had a roof collapse. Is anyone trapped?↯
↯Engine 41. Emergency traffic, emergency traffic! Firefighters down! Firefighters down! We have three firefighters down.↯
↯Roger, Engine 41. Be advised we are sending Light Force 61 to the scene together with three more rescue units.↯
↯Engine 41, roger.”↯
↯Engine 41, What is your location inside the structure?↯
↯Engine 41, I’m not inside the structure. I’m outside the structure.↯
[Radio silence]
↯Engine 41. Two firefighters rescued. Third severely injured firefighter being extricated now.↯
↯Engine 41, is your captain with you?”↯
↯Engine 41, yes. He requests a chaplain. Stat.↯
[Radio silence]
↯Engine 41, a chaplain?↯
↯Engine 41, yes, a chaplain. I’m afraid John Benson didn’t make it.↯

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