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After 3 months of severe pain thru Physical & Occupational Therapy, I was ready to give in. One day while in PT, I snapped off on Cindy (My Physical Therapist) telling her of "my wanting to give in & so forth", because I felt I was not gaining any ground in recovering any use of my hand. Cindy told me of the accident she had just 2 yrs before, which had taken 50% of the use of her right hand, and what she had accomplished then. After that, my mind was set to move on & accomplish everything I could.
March 1981, I spoke with Rick ( A close Friend of mine, who was there when my accident happened) about joining our Local Ambulance Service & what I could do. I was slightly little apprehensive first, because of still wearing a 1/2 cast/splint. However, I finally did join as a Entry LvL CPR Attendant. After 15 various calls, I was HOOKED!!!!
July 1981, I received my first EMT Certification from the Commonwealth of Pa. But I still had one very major problem to deal with in my path. I knew it was time for more extensive surgery & therapy. After 3 long years to re-gain more use of my left hand, & trying to run calls to keep my certifications active. I was FINALLY back, stronger & stubborn as more ever to run as many calls as I could.
currently still hold my Original Pa. EMT Certification along with
being Pa. Certified BTLS, Pa State certified HAZMAT/EMS OPS LvL
Tech, New Jersey EMT, & New York EMT.
Through the years, I have breathed life into a close friend of mine (Whom was a member of the same dept I belonged with). Brought 8 Wonderful children into this world, Including my 2 own wonderful kids.
(David & Jacquline)
One day, barely escaping with my own life, while trying to help & save 4 precious young lives, watching in horror, as the Local Fire Depts tried in vain to gain some control against a house fire, while this woman (whom gave birth to these 4 precious lives) standing by, idling laughing the whole time, knowing her children could not be saved. (We come to find 3 hours later, the Mother started the fire!)
Worked a 6 month old Pediatric Cardiac Arrest, as the Drug Addict Parents sat in another room, smoking Crack Cocaine. Not giving a damn about their 6 month old daughter, whom was fighting for her life. I have watched a Drunk Driver walk away from a severe accident (He caused), without a scratch, while a 16 yr old girl was fighting for life.
In the 20 yrs that I have been involved in EMS, there has been a lot from bumps, bruises & minor scrapes to retrieving body parts from an airplane crash. I would come home and have some nightmares, asking myself the very day "WHY DO I CONTINUE TO DO EMS?"
The answer is real simple my friend,
"Because I care for what I do & enjoy helping others"