Standing in chest deep water, freezing rain falling and stinging as it hits the exposed parts of my body. Holding her head above water to keep her from drowning until rescue could get there to cut her free

Comforting a 89 year old woman who just watch me and my partner cover the face of her husband of 64 years as he lay dead in their bathroom floor

On scene at an Motor Vehicle Collision with mom trapped upside down in her car with her dead son's body laying on top of her…without a second thought for my own safety I crawl into the wreckage to take C-spine control and calm the frantic lady

Called away from my just prepared meal to respond to the middle of B.F.E to a house with no numbers, no porch light on, nobody waiting to signal us in and they bitch because we took too long…only to find out the patient left P.O.V ten minutes we smile and walk away from the verbal lashing only because


Standing in the middle of the street at midnight on the wrong side of town trying to patch the holes and stop the bleeding of a 19 year old shooting victim with the occasional bullet whizzing past our heads, we never break stride because this kid's life is in our hands

Doing chest compressions on a 16 year old girl who decided this life was more than she could take. Her family screaming at us to help as though we are the ones who did this to her. Her lifeless body flailing about as the tube goes in and IV's being started, my arms and back burning from the pain of 30 minutes of CPR never once giving up, hoping she would make it through and overcome whatever lead her to this bad decision

Death is all around me and still I go home to live my life
I get kicked, hit, spit on, bled on, puked on...
I look into the eyes of a lifeless child at 7am and by 8 am I'm holding my child a little tighter, they know nothing about what happened.
I have hundreds of hours of classroom time
Years of field experience
I have challenged death and won
I've helped the helpless
I've neglected my family for yours
I find comfort in complete chaos
I eat cold meals if I eat at all
I work with no sleep for days at a time
I miss birthdays, holidays and school functions
I put myself in harm's way for a total stranger on a daily basis

I drive 90 mph through congested traffic, full of people who refuse to yield the right of way while my partner stands, unrestrained, in the back of this screaming land missile saving the life of your loved ones

She/he never once questions my driving because they know that at the end of this shift,

She/he will go home to their family because…


We are First Responders, Fire Fighters, EMTs, and/or Paramedics. Our life-saving skills are much more defined than those of chauffeurs. Call us EMT's…Call us Paramedics…Call us Life-Savers…But never call us Ambulance Drivers…

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Comment by Julius Albertsson on May 2, 2008 at 5:35pm
good one :)
and thanks fore shearing it to us all :)

thanks from Iceland
Comment by Mike Livingston on March 19, 2008 at 6:28pm
Good work. (Good writing about it, too.)
Comment by Doug Fisher on March 18, 2008 at 12:48am
Thanks to each of you for reading my post. Please feel free to share with everyone else.
Comment by Doug Fisher on March 18, 2008 at 12:48am
Thanks to each of you for reading my post. Please feel free to share with everyone else.
Comment by Doug Fisher on March 18, 2008 at 12:46am
Thanks for the comment. I wish I wrote it. My supervisor passed it along to me and I thought everyone needed to read it.
Comment by Erin T. on March 17, 2008 at 11:01am
God love you. That's why He put us on this Earth.
I totally feel your're heartbeat in that post.
Comment by Randy on March 17, 2008 at 2:52am
Very well written. Thank you!!
Comment by John Thomson on March 17, 2008 at 1:38am
thanks for puting it in writing.
Comment by D.MAN on March 16, 2008 at 2:43pm
if everyone could go out with us & see what we go through,they might understand.
Comment by Scott Habel on March 16, 2008 at 2:04pm
That is so true. If the public only knew what we really do everyday.Stay safe out there.

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