Friday, December 25, 2009

A Paramedic Gets it Right

I have great respect for paramedics.  Having to be on the frontline and running into situations without knowing what to expect in order to help others is among the highest levels of bravery.  I really love, though, when I hear stories like this one, taken without permission from a blog of one of our family friends:

Let me paraphrase the backstory: This man (one of the greatest men I've ever known, incidentally) fell off of his roof last month and broke several ribs along with a collarbone and some other injuries, leaving him in the hospital for three days and off work for a month.  Fortunately, he is doing better now, but here is the story he tells of a great blessing he got (with names removed):

About 10 days after the fall, and after a big wind storm which left our yard strewn with branches, [my wife] was again outside working by herself. A firetruck pulled to the front of the yard and 5 firemen got out - they told [her] that they were responding to a false-alarm fire nearby, when one of the 5 (a paramedic who had assited me to the hospital) noticecd [her] working outside and knowing the situation, suggested they take 20 minutes and help out. What a blessing they were to her - the whole yard was cleaned up in those 20 minutes - it would have taken [her] several hours. We've been truly blessed!
Finding that kind of love and service anymore is so rare, and I give huge props to these firemen for giving of their time when they could easily have just gone back to the fire station to rest and get ready for their next call.  What a great story to embody the spirit of Christmas.

Merry Christmas, everyone!


An Open Heart said...

Aahhhh, what a wonderful blessing and a great story!
Merry Christmas to you!


*~Dani~* said...

That is a great story for the season and all year long. Thanks for sharing!

NYCRN said...

hey, just ran into your blog.
I am also an RN in an ER.
Great triage stories and so very true.
Happy New Year.

Anonymous said...

What a great story! Thanks for sharing. Happy New Year!

StorytellERdoc said...

Great post! I am an ER Doc and appreciate sooo much what you guys do in the prehospital field. Sometimes I have to shake my head wondering what you guys did to keep a ill patient alive.

Thanks for giving it your all!

Anonymous said...

that is a great testimony of community. What a blessing, most definetly. Happy New Year to you.

Katie Morales said...

We expect so much from the EMS and pay them so little. They are heroes for sure.