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10 reasons why I joined EMS: Readers speak

Here are some responses from seasoned pro's and rookie's about why they decided this was the profession for them

By EMS1 Staff

We were interested in getting a snapshot of when and why EMTs and medics decided to join our profession. So, we posed this question to our readers on Facebook: When did you know you wanted to be an EMT or paramedic?

We received a lot of different responses – some of which our fans talked about how they always knew they wanted to be an EMT, while others didn’t know until they were put in a difficult situation and were inspired by their responding medics. Here are a few of our favorite responses and be sure to add your own in the comment section below.

 "At 7-years-old, my dad went into cardiac arrest the paramedics responded within 2 minutes and he survived without any brain damage. Since then, I have wanted to be a paramedic." — Weldon Willingham

 "Car accident in 2011. I was 3,000 miles away from home, and a complete stranger followed the ambulance to the hospital. She stayed with me all night, and talked with me about EMS in the morning. I enrolled into EMT school a few months later." — Kimberly Marie Fay Cook

 "I think I was 7 when I called 911 for a neighbor’s smoke detector in their apartment and they gave me a ride in fire truck!" — Jaime Lynn Harris

 "When I was 6-years-old, my dad had a bad accident at home and I watched the EMTs work on him. I knew that’s what I wanted to do. My dad is fine now and I work for the same county that I saw that day." — Elisabeth Dunn

 "I did it when I wanted to pay it forward for what they had done for my family." — Cathy Phillips

 "When I was 3, watching Rescue 911. Told my grandma I wanted to be an "ambulance driver" (not my fault that's what cartoons portrayed), and my grandma said, "Oh dear, that's too dangerous for you." — Crash Hudson

  "The first time I held a dying baby due to domestic violence, I knew that I wanted to make a difference. I love what I do." — Keo Morgan

 "When my dad taught me first aid! He was a medic during WWII." — Kathleen Ward

 "After 9/11." — Kimberlea Eversole-Blackwell

 "For as long as I can remember. My family has been in this forever." — Emily Ruch

The comments below are member-generated and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of or its staff. If you cannot see comments, try disabling privacy and ad blocking plugins in your browser. All comments must comply with our Member Commenting Policy.
Nathan L. Johnson Nathan L. Johnson Thursday, August 01, 2013 5:31:16 PM I seen too many accidents where I lived the police were the only people to help when someone died in an accident the police would carry or drag the body to the vehicle and put in back on floor of pickup, that got me and many others in our area involved, we have been since around 20 years or so, and with the help of CARE CONVOY, with donations, in Chihuahua Mexico.
Nathan L. Johnson Nathan L. Johnson Thursday, August 01, 2013 5:32:17 PM I just wish I could have time for better training.

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