I’m a paramedic in an urban area, and have been so for, well, not all that long. I studied forensic anthropology in college, but I ended up working in a coffee shop for a while afterward. As luck would have it, forensic anthropology is one of those really cool majors you can’t do a whole lot with. I took an EMT class a few years ago based on a double dog dare from one of the patrons of the coffee shop. I honestly thought I was going to prove that in no way, shape, or form would I ever want to work with living people. You might suspect this by now, but I proved just the opposite. I love being a paramedic. I love crawling into busted up cars and being the person who tells someone “It’s going to be okay. I’m here, and I’m going to help you.” I love that I never have any idea what my day is going to be like when I lace up my combat boots. I love that little kids look at me like I’m a superhero. I even love working in a field that is in its infancy compared to other legions of medicine and response.
I hope you enjoy my ruminations. Feel free to comment or drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.