Several of you have asked to know more about him and what he does for a living so we thought it would be fun for me to sort of interview him and post it here, so that's what we're doing!
Me: What made you decide to get into EMS?
Him: I had always grown up loving the lights and sirens, but I had a teacher in high school who was also the manager of the pool I worked at my first paying job. He also was one of the founding members of the ambulance service in Mount Vernon and he was the first one put the thought in my head of actually doing something in the EMS world.
Me: What is your favorite part of your job?
Him: I'd be lying if I said anything other than I'm a trauma junkie. I love the adrenaline rush of a trauma coming in and knowing that there is someone who needs serious help, right NOW.
Me: What is the hardest part of your job?
Him: Trying to be in as many places as I'm asked to be all at the same time.
Me: What are some of the craziest things you've seen in your line of work?
Him: Well...many things placed both, front door and back door men and women that shouldn't ought to be there and somehow get 'lost'. The craziest things are actually usually the family dynamics and ethnic stereotypes that play out and prove themselves to be more correct than not a lot of times.
Me: Do you think you have had a positive impact on the people you've taken care of?
Him: Definitely. From being able to easily get things out of kids noses to sitting with an old lady while she dies because none of her family has been able to get there in time. I have had to take care of kids who've died and while I may not have had an impact on the child, I try my hardest to take care of the family because they lost that child and even in death they are still a child not just a body.
Me: What would you tell someone wanting to go into EMS?
Him: Here in Phoenix I would tell them to go somewhere else where EMS is more respected. Unless you are a firefighter whose shirt says 'city of...' you are looked down upon by many. In general, having come from an EMS system where I knew the people I was taking care of the most rewarding part of that was the fact I knew that I could help the people who called for help but also the people who called knew me and trusted me to help them.
Me: What would you tell people coming into the Emergency Department?
Him: The ER is not like the deli. You do not get seen based on who gets there first. Don't feel bad or get pissed because you have to wait to be seen by a Dr. Instead feel sorry for the people who are rushed ahead of you. The fact they are going first means they are potentially much closer to death than you are.
And there you have it! More information than you probably wanted to know!