EMS Tips – Medics Who Made a Difference – Emergency! Quiz

1. Make an impact

Every paramedic and EMT makes a difference for their patients, partners and family and friends of the patients. Most medics probably go above and beyond for a patient or group of strangers. I love receiving the stories of medics making an impact. Here are three from the EMS1 end of year collection:

Teacher who helped special needs woman fulfill EMT dream ‘forever’ changed

“I will forever be changed by Blair. This young lady has touched the lives of many in our local community,” paramedic Charles Avery said.

‘My leg, my arm, I can’t breathe’: Shot Dallas firefighter-paramedic recalls last memory

“Being a firefighter is what I’ve wanted to do since kindergarten. I cannot wait to get back into the field,” firefighter-paramedic William An said.

How a paramedic’s #StopHeroin campaign morphed into opioid abuse prevention, treatment

“All this ever started out as was an awareness campaign – we wanted to make people aware that our county had a problem,” paramedic Lisa Cassidy said.

2. Look a little closer, maybe even shout “Are you OK?” 

Well-intentioned and possibly shy 911 callers reported a man hanging from his roof. The faux decoration was an homage to Clark Griswold hanging Christmas lights.

Worried citizens also call in statues they suspect are frozen homeless neighbors. And Jesus on a bench gets the best of people every year.

3. Take the Emergency! Quiz

I watched Emergency! reruns after school as a child. I can’t say if the show for sure inspired my interest in becoming an EMT and paramedic. But I do recall enjoying the characters, plots and warm, sunny California scenery.

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By Greg Friese

Greg Friese, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, is an author, educator, paramedic, and marathon runner.

Greg was the co-host of the award winning EMSEduCast podcast, the only podcast by and for EMS educators. Greg has written for,, Wilderness Medical Associates, JEMS Magazine, and EMS World Magazine, and the NAEMSE Educator Newsletter.