I sat a little and tried to think of an inoffensive way to articulate my thoughts on this ... but, really, that would be a waste of time.
The few minutes I sat and thought about how to do that was likely more than this suicidal man thought about the risk he potentially put others into when he decided to kill himself. Someone who does that does not deserve to be saved ... though, it is disappointing that they stayed and watched. They should have packed up and went to help someone who wanted help, not just attention. That's the true tragedy here.
It's so easy for people ... especially in California ... to say that things should have gone this way or that in retrospect. To blame things on the firefighters, or the police, or the city, or the plumber, or the taco guy, etc... is easy when the only risk you put yourself in by saying that is to suffer my inept wrath. That's right, blame the people who actually DO go out there and risk their lives every day for this nonsense ... not, well, yourselves for running a state into the ground through poor voting, senseless litigation, corruption and an overall sense of entitlement. My understanding is that those police and firefighters on the scene were not properly trained due to budget shortfalls ... I'm sure that is Joe Firefighters fault and responsibility making 40k a year ... and you would be right, it is just as much his fault as every other person in CA ... no more.
I kid you not. It is entirely likely that I would have seen this occurance, turned to the police and firefighters and thanked them for doing the work that they do ... for next to nothing, and walked away.