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Helping one of our own News

April 5, 2011

EMS News in Focus
by Arthur Hsieh

Helping one of our own

By Arthur Hsieh

Editor's note: A fund was set up Saturday to help pay the medical bills of Bryan Stow — the Santa Cruz man who was left in a medically induced coma when he was beaten outside Thursday night's Dodgers-Giants game in Los Angeles. Editorial Advisor Art Hsieh says now is the time we can give back to one of our own. 

Most of the time EMS providers work in the background, providing care, compassion and support far removed from the glitz and glamour of the flashing lights and blaring siren.

We often do it for little or no pay, and we see and mitigate events that the vast majority of the public will never see. And, for the most part, we do it gladly and without expectation of glory or fame.

When it's one of our own who is critically injured as a result of a truly senseless act, it becomes especially tragic. The EMS family is small and we know what each other endures in making this job a career.

Today, I hope you will join me and many others in reaching out to help Bryan Stow, a Bay Area paramedic, and his family who could really use a hand as he struggles to recover from a devastating head injury. I don't know Bryan personally, and I don't have to. I do know that if all of us contribute a little, it adds up and we'll help to protect his family while he recovers.

About the author

EMS1 Editorial Advisor Art Hsieh, MA, NREMT-P currently teaches at the Public Safety Training Center, Santa Rosa Junior College in the Emergency Care Program. Since 1982, Art has worked as a line medic and chief officer in the private, third service and fire-based EMS. He has directed both primary and EMS continuing education programs. Art is a textbook author, has presented at conferences nationwide, and continues to provide patient care at an EMS service in Northern California. Contact Art at
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