To the chaos in Seal Beach, firefighters bring focus, skill and heart: Scott Belshe and his colleagues from Station 44 in Seal Beach find a world falling apart in the Salon Meritage. Their instincts and experience carry them through; the tears would come later.
For a few seconds, time seemed to slow as he scanned the room, pausing on the victims, each apparently shot at close range, each forming a snapshot in his mind. He put down an EKG monitor and an orange case filled with IV fluids, bandages and medications and for the next half-hour, instincts — honed by 21 years experience — guided him through the worst mass killing in the history of Orange County.
Photo: Paramedic Scott Belshe was one of several emergency-team members at the scene of the mass shooting. Credit: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times