A Paramedic's Reflection...
I am what people see when they request an ambulance in an
Mine are the eyes they look into when they're in pain, frightened
My hand is the one they want to hold when they are scared...
I am the person helping their loved one...
I am whom they hear and see
when they are being carried down stairs.
I am whom they hear when they are
loaded into the ambulance on the stretcher.
I am whom they hear when I
communicate with others in person or on the radio.
I am whom they hope can
mend their wounds,
stop the bleeding,
help them breathe easier,
up an overdose or a diabetic,
make their baby breathe,
and restart a
I am the angle they were waiting for.
I am whom will preform a
My voice is what peolpe hear when they ride in the
My voice is what they hear as their destiny is being weighed and
critical decissions are being made..
My voice is what the family hears as
they pray and hope for a postive outcome.
Mine is the
caring and compassion that peolpe hope they'll find when
they call for help.
If I am sympathetic, so is my department.
If I am
professional, so is my department.
If I am compassionate, so is my
My acts or omissions of duties are remembered
No family member,
patient, ancillary personnel, doctor,
or other E.M.S. team member ever knows the real me.
The me that I
know is there, unless I let them see it.
All they know is what I let them
see and hear and experience.
the department and the E.M.S.
community has a stake in my attitude.
And the collective atitude of all the
Our department and the E.M.S. system is judged by the caring we
the attention we pay, the courtesies we extend:
For as individuals
and as a group we are The E.M.S.
Thank you for your interest...
by Mitch Mendler
E.M.T. Paramedic FireFighter
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