Emergency responders thanked this month [UPDATED]Published 4:15am Monday, June 3, 2013 Updated 6:23am Monday, June 3, 2013
I was talking with a man in Oklahoma this past week and he has spent all of his life serving others in law enforcement and as their chaplain. He has conducted death notifications, supported the many officers, fire personnel, EMS folks with a listening ear, counseling, and other help.
As he told his story of helping people through the Oklahoma city bombing, past tornados, and now this tornado that killed 7 children at the school, it occurred to me that he, like many of you, have not received proper acknowledgement and recognition for the service he has done over the years.
Whether your service in EMS has been for a lifetime like Jack, or just for a few years, your service to others is always important.
You may not be recognized, you may not get thanked, and you may not even get appreciated by your coworkers or employer as much as you would like.
However, the real satisfaction in EMS and in serving others is precisely that, serving others.
We gain so much more by giving ourselves to others. The service you provide, the care that you display, the compassion and empathy that you give. These characteristics define you as an EMS professional.
You are not a professional because your supervisor or employer made you one. You are a professional because you have demanded of yourself a high level of expectation and quality service.
No one else can force you or make you the professional that you are. No one else will ever recognize or appreciate the effort that you put into being a professional, and No one else needs to do that for a true professional.
Even so, we want to thank you, for what you provide to your patients, your medical colleges, and the other emergency service agencies.
Keep up the great service and rededicate yourself always to exceptional care and professionalism in everything you do.
EMS Week 2013: One mission. One team. Thanks for being a part of the Ringdahl EMS Team.
Randy S. Fischer