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by Jon Puryear

Why am I in this profession?

It has often popped up in my head of why did I choose to be a medic, firefighter, educator, or any role in my profession.

By Jon Puryear

Have you ever contemplated the question in your head of why you are (or continue) this profession?

It has often popped up in my head of why did I choose to be a medic, firefighter, educator or any role in my profession. In this video, I will present my own personal thoughts and beliefs of my own reasoning to answer that question.

They are my own beliefs not meant to offend anyone but instead to possibly help you to wrap your head around this very question.

About the author

Jon Puryear, NREMT-P, has been active in EMS since 1983. He has been an active paramedic since 1992 including being an educator and Field Training Officer for several employers. He was the Assistant to the Medical Director for Dr. John Griswell in Ft. Worth, Texas, for EPAB/MedStar EMS and the Education/Clinical Coordinator for CareFlite in the Dallas/Ft. Worth Metropolitan area. Jon is the owner of Jon Puryear EMS CE, performing online live streaming and recorded EMS CE classes and refreshers. The live online classes are taught in a virtual instructor-led online live classroom, which allows the student to participate in "real time." These classes may be taken from any computer or iPad/Apple TV with internet access and no travel is required. Many recorded classes are available in his online Learning Management System. Jon performs a 16 hour NREMT prep onsite to initial programs, and also a recorded version online designed to prepare students for their NREMT written examination. You may contact Jon and obtain more information about his services at and
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Ian R Frankel Ian R Frankel Thursday, February 06, 2014 9:29:51 PM No audio, did want to hear this.
Diana Sprain Diana Sprain Friday, February 07, 2014 8:50:23 AM Nice thoughts - a warning on the graphic images playing in the background would have been appreciated, though.
Jon Puryear Jon Puryear Friday, February 07, 2014 1:34:57 PM Diana I apologize if it offended you or took you by surprise. I didn't think about warning anyone because I figured that anyone watching the video would have expected and have seen these images being in this profession. Thanks for pointing this out and your post should warn viewers of the graphic images in my video. Ian, I'm not sure why your sound didn't work. My only suggestion is maybe it is only playing in one speaker (mono) instead of both (stereo). Also open your speaker options on the bottom and assure that all of them are on and the volume up. If that doesn't work, please email me and I will get you this lecture so you can not only watch it, but hear it. Thank both of you for posting.
Jim Owens Jim Owens Friday, February 07, 2014 4:14:27 PM Interesting!
Arvid Engström Arvid Engström Sunday, February 09, 2014 12:48:24 PM Excellent perspective !!
Torres Jason Sr. Torres Jason Sr. Tuesday, February 11, 2014 10:40:40 AM I would ask you this then... Why would you leave this profession? Is it also by fate, destiny? Another calling to step up or down?
Kolbe Kolbe Kolbe Kolbe Tuesday, February 11, 2014 6:22:50 PM EMS is not a job but a way of life!
Jürgen Zwierschütz Jürgen Zwierschütz Sunday, February 23, 2014 3:46:59 PM I´d like to thank you, Jon, ´cause watching your video boosted my morale in the right moment.
Jon Puryear Jon Puryear Friday, February 28, 2014 5:42:09 PM Thank you for saying that!
Jon Puryear Jon Puryear Friday, February 28, 2014 5:50:28 PM Very good question. I don't believe in coincidence and do believe that another calling may come forward. I'm not saying that everyone's calling is for a lifetime, however some people's are. When one door is closed...another one is opened. So I feel that the calling may occur for a reason, either that person, patient, bystander, family member, friend, or coworker. My point is that you have a privilege to be a hero in someone's life in their time of emergency. Don't take that for granted and don't ever abuse that power that you have been given. Now if that is abused, the calling that was put upon you may just as quickly taken back. Now, another calling or destiny could then be put in that person's path. Like I said in the video, these are my feelings and only my feelings. They aren't meant to be forced on anyone else and anyone is free to disagree or agree. I respect all feelings and know that just because I think I am correct, I truly understand that I could be completely wrong. Hitler FELT that he was correct...we know that he was obviously wrong. So tell me your feelings about it. I'm open. Again, good question. You sparked my thought process and I found it very interesting.

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