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Alexis Smith and John are now friends
Aug 27, 2009
John left a comment for Nancy Drinkard
"welcome to the family."
Aug 26, 2009
John replied to Firefighter Nation WebChief's discussion Two Houston Bravest Lost Battling Easter Morning House Fire
"My Dept. sends our prayers to the families, friends, and fellow emergency service brothers and sisters for your loss. Stay strong for our thoughts and prayers are with you."
Apr 12, 2009

Profile Information

Type of Organization
Combination Fire Rescue Department
Job Function
Firefighter / EMT-Basic, Driver / Engineer
Years in Fire/EMS:
Primary Fire/EMS Department:
Chocowinity Fire Dept.
Years With Department/Agency
since 2008
Other Past or Current Departments and Organizations
Pinetown Vol Fire Dept., Bunyan Vol Fire Dept. 1033 Ambulance Service Ltd., McKeowen and Dunn Ambulance Service. peru river rescue squad. Life Ambulance service.
My Training:
Emt-1991, Fire I,II-1993, Defib-1991, Advanced Airway Mngmnt.-1991, I.V. Admin.-1991. hazmat ops, confined space.
About Me:
I Treat fire/ems as a way of life. Helping others is not a job its what you do. I love the family environment and the people i serve with. God bless All the firefighters and ems personal around the world, We are one big family. My daughter is the most important thing in my life. She is almost 5 yrs old. She also loves to be around the fire house.
Day Job:
Mechanic (side work)
Relationship Status:
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Why I Joined Fire/EMS
Wanted a life and career that put me in a position to help people. I have Been an EMT since 1991 and a Firefighter since 1993. Moved back to Nc to be close to my 4 year old daughter and to work full time as a firefighter/EMT.
Why I Love Fire/EMS
Helping those who are in need and can't help themselves.
Top Issues Facing Responders:
New types of dangers arriving everyday. Cost of equipment, and buget cuts.

What I wish people knew about EMS, Firefighters, Dispatchers, & Law

I wish you could know what it is like to search a burning bedroom
for trapped children at 3 AM, flames rolling above your head, your
palms and knees burning as you crawl, the floor sagging under your
weight as the kitchen below you burns.

I wish you could comprehend a husband's horror at 6 in the morning as
I check his wife of 40 years for a pulse and find none. I start CPR
anyway, hoping to bring her back, knowing intuitively it is too late.
But wanting her husband and family to know everything possible was
done to try to save her life.

I wish you knew the unique smell of burning insulation, the taste of
soot-filled mucus, the feeling of intense heat through your turnout
gear, the sound of flames crackling, the eeriness of being able to see
absolutely nothing in dense smoke-sensations that I've become too
familiar with.

I wish you could read my mind as I respond to a building fire 'Is
this a false alarm or a working fire? How is the building constructed?
What hazards await me? Is anyone trapped?' Or to call, 'What is wrong with
the patient? Is it minor or life-threat ening? Is the caller really in
distress or is he waiting for us with a 2x4 or a gun?'

I wish you could be in the emergency room as a doctor pronounces dead
the beautiful five-year old girl that I have been trying to save
during the past 25 minutes, who will never go on her first date or say the
words, 'I love you Mommy' again.

I wish you could know the frustration I feel in the cab of the engine
or unit the driver with his foot pressing down hard on the pedal, my
arm tugging again and again at the air horn chain, as you fail to
yield the right-of-way at an intersection or in traffic. When you need us
however, your first comment upon our arrival will be, 'It took you
forever to get here!'

I wish you could know my thoughts as I help extricate a girl of
teenage years from the remains of her automobile. 'What if this was my
daughter, sister, my girlfriend or a friend? What are her parents'
reaction going to be when they open the door to find a police officer with hat
in hand?'

I wish you could know how it feels to walk in the back door and greet
my parents and family, not having the heart to tell them that I nearly
did not come back from the last call.

I wish you could know how it feels dispatching officers, firefighters
and EMT's out and when we call for them and our heart drops because no
one answers back or to here a bone chilling 911 call of a child or wife
needing assistance.

I wish you could feel the hurt as people verbally, and sometimes
physically, abuse us or belittle what I do, or as they express their
attitudes of 'It will never happen to me.'

I wish you could realize the physical, emotional and mental drain or
missed meals, lost sleep and forgone social activities, in addition to
all the tragedy my eyes have seen.

I wish you could know the brotherhood and self-satisfaction of
helping save a life or preserving someone's property, or being able to
be there in time of crisis, or creating order from total chaos.

I wish you could understand what it feels like to have a little boy
tugging at your arm and asking, 'Is Mommy okay?' Not even being able
to look in his eyes without tears from your own and not knowing what to say.

Or to have to hold back a long time friend who watches his buddy having CPR done on him as you take him away in the Medic Unit. You know all along he did not have his seat belt on. A sensation that I have become too familiar with.

Unless you have lived with this kind of life, you will never truly
understand or appreciate who I am, we are, or what our job really
means to us...I wish you could though.



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At 6:43pm on October 6, 2010, desmondfaith said…
GREETINGS FROM juliet..........................
My name is miss juliet viewing and going through your profile address today has made me to became intrested in you,i will also like to know you more,and i want you to send an email to my email address so that i can send you my picture, for you to know and see whom i am.
Here is my email address( believe we can move from here!
I am waiting for your mail to my email address above.
(Remeber the distance or colour does not matter but love matters alot in life)
PLEASE I WOULD LIKE YOU TO GO DIRECT TO MY EMAIL ADDRESS BELOW TO CONTACT ME NOW..............................................................
At 6:05pm on November 2, 2008, Tammie said…
thanks for the add
At 5:42pm on August 13, 2008, sharon said…
thanks for the add..hope you are having a great day...stay safe:)
At 7:14pm on June 25, 2008, Jen said…
i like your tattoo...
At 12:36am on June 21, 2008, Diane said…
Thanks for the request. Stay safe, and enjoy your weekend!
At 8:25pm on May 30, 2008, Lisa said…
Have a great week-end
At 4:23pm on May 27, 2008, FireBee said…
Nice to meet ya :D
At 5:56am on May 22, 2008, Strike the Box said…
Great Tattoo, I'd like to invite you to join the "Firefighter Tattoo Group" on Firefighter Nation.

At 2:22pm on May 19, 2008, Sheryl said…
Hey John, thanks for the to ya soon.
At 1:56pm on April 30, 2008, scooter69 said…
Hey neighbor:) Just wanted to say hi and you can add me as a friend if you'd like:) stay safe!

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