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Woman becomes EMT after medics saved her brother in shooting

Taishana Lewis credits the EMTs who saved her brother's life with her decision to pursue EMS

By EMS1 Staff

BOSTON — A Boston woman says she was inspired to become a Boston EMT because of the ones that saved her brother's life.

Taishana Lewis' younger brother was shot five times in a drive-by shooting in June 2009. After being shot, he was dragged down the street by the car.

Lewis repeatedly called her brother asking if he wanted a ride from the barbeque he was at, but never received an answer.

It was thanks to arriving EMTs that he survived, and it was thanks to those EMTs that she decided to pursue her career in EMS. Her dream to join the ranks was realized during a graduation ceremony Monday at Boston EMS Academy.

"I'd like to be able to give back what was given to my family and hopefully give someone that same reward of getting their loved one back," Lewis told the Boston Globe the ceremony.

Lewis took the Boston EMS community EMT course and was joined by her brother, Matthew Lewis-Grant, who flew up from Fla., at her graduation ceremony where she was officially recognized as a Boston EMT. Matthew even performed the badge-pinning honors.

The course is a rigorous six-month training program that consists of classroom work, field instruction, exercises and drills.

"I'm nervous, but excited," Lewis said. "I'm proud of myself."

She previously worked as a medical assistant, but at the encouragement of her cousin, she decided to pursue becoming an EMT.

Lewis began her new duties as an EMT Tuesday, along with 20 other graduates.

"When these EMTs officially begin their duties, we have the utmost confidence that they are best prepared to handle any situation set before them," Boston EMS Chief James Hooley said.

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Lynne Curtis Gudes Lynne Curtis Gudes Tuesday, December 04, 2012 6:44:53 PM This is the way I like to see the "What comes around goes around." work. Good on her! Congratulations and stay safe.
Charles Henke Charles Henke Tuesday, December 04, 2012 11:03:55 PM "No matter what happens in life; be good to people. Being good to people is a wonderful legacy to leave behind". Taishana Lewis is a good example of the words above. She has made the decision to serve others like those EMS providers that saved her brother's life... Here's to a successful career EMT Lewis. Thanks for "paying it forward"...
Mike Rossi Mike Rossi Friday, December 07, 2012 5:53:58 AM Congratulations to you Taishana. Wish you Luck. EMS is a very rewarding career. I've been a Basic for almost 14 yrs.
Ert Srt Shaft Ert Srt Shaft Friday, December 07, 2012 7:29:50 PM Hooah
Lisa Kissel Lisa Kissel Saturday, December 08, 2012 12:53:13 AM Congratz!i. I myself became an EMT because of a life long dream and wanting to help others!
Wayland Slater Wayland Slater Sunday, December 09, 2012 11:39:46 AM Way to go, and more power to ya. I'm sure there are a lot of folks that are very proud of you. Hopefully your decision has inspired others. CONGRATS

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