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January 20, 2014

To the Editor: Every time I hear of a fatal accident, two things happen. First, my heart goes out to the friends and family of the victi....

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Jan-20-14 8:14 AM

I've been there and done that too. I was a volunteer EMT and paramedic (there is a difference) for 17 years. It's rewarding and fulfilling, but it's also incredibly hard in many ways, and it will change you forever. Eventually, you burn out and have to do something different.

EMTs routinely meet people at their worst. They see things that make the average person lose their lunch and are expected not only to cope, but fix them and go on. They deal with death as a routine matter, not a rare visitor to one's life.

It all takes its toll. The next time you see an EMT, consider that she's seen more than you ever will - unless you're very, very unlucky. Then give them a smile and a thumbs up.

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Jan-24-14 9:57 AM

and the pay scale in this country is so warped.........sports vs. Solders/police/firemen/EMT/Teachers...???? who are the real HEROS ? and what role model is your child emulating ? What gets covered in the newspapers? DUI, Drugs & Drag racing by a well known celebrity. .Not the Soldier who put his life on the line for his country, not the policeman or fireman. Where are your kids today & do you know what they think/do when you are not there????

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