May is a month for celebration, recognition, and remembrance. Last week saw the celebration of National Police Week while yesterday kicked off the 35th annual Emergency Medical Services Week. The week, with the theme “Your Life is Our Mission”, is set aside to honor the dedication and thank the men and women who provide the day-to-day lifesaving services of medicine’s “front line”. The theme was chosen “to recognize the commitment that emergency medical personnel make to the communities they serve”, according to Linda Lawrence, MD, FACEP, president of the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) who help promote the week.
At American Ambulance where I work, plans for the week include a special breakfast on Tuesday cooked by the managers along with contests, raffles, and daily prize giveaways as well as a different type of edible treat each day (my supervisor is in charge of the food this year so it’s guaranteed to be good!). EMS Week is a chance for the company to tell its employees thank you for all of their hard work and dedication as well as give everyone a little bit of a break from the day-to-day routine and stresses of being in a career field that oftentimes goes overlooked.
I thought it might be nice to do something a little special myself this week by doing posts about some of the exceptional men and women of EMS that I have the pleasure of working with. Having close to 200 co-workers, it’s not possible for me to write about all of them but it I’d like to put a face to at least some of the people who have chosen Emergency Medical Services as their profession. Some of these folks you may have read about before in one form or another on my blog while others may be totally new. No matter whether I’ve written about them in the past or not, though, they are all great people who do an amazing job.
Tracy Chapman, a fantastic songwriter and singer, wrote the words, “I’ve seen and met angels wearing the disguise of ordinary people living ordinary lives” and that certainly applies to the people I work with. They do a job that I could never do as I was lucky just to be able to deal with my own sick or injured children never mind rush to the scene of an accident where people are broken and bloody, provide care to a weak and debilitated patient who needs transport from a nursing home, or perform lifesaving measures for a person whose heart has stopped beating. People’s lives often depend on the quick reaction and competent care of the emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics that I work with and they have my utmost respect for the jobs that they do.
I hope you’ll come back by throughout the week to meet some of the people of American Ambulance where our theme is “Dedicated, Professional People Committed to Excellence, Caring for YOU!” no matter what week it is!