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Russell Myers, D.Min.

Russ Myers is a chaplain with Allina Health EMS, St. Paul, Minnesota, and author of “Because We Care: A Handbook for Chaplaincy in Emergency Medical Services.” He can be contacted at

Informed by evidence EMS chaplain Russ Myers places a high priority on follow-up with EMS personnel and dispatchers after any pediatric patient transport
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Openly acknowledge the bad calls, create space for people to be human and then get out of the way
“In my work as an EMS chaplain, I’ve ridden in the back of an ambulance hundreds of times, but this was the first time I was on the stretcher”