My pager goes off, I hear, “CPR in progress,” and my adrenaline hits high gear because a life will soon literally be in my hands. Forty-five minutes later, the patient is in an ambulance on the way to the hospital, and all I am left with is a lot of adrenaline and a question. How did things turn out?
That question is rarely answered. Occasionally, a thankful family sends a card, but it normally goes to the head office, where it gets posted, and because that’s not the station I serve out of, I may never see it.
I’m on call most of the year and live with wondering what kind of impact I’ve had. This page exists so emergency responders like me can get “the rest of the story.” Please tell yours.
Rob Harrison is a volunteer EMT/firefighter with South Whidbey Fire/EMS and
Whidbey CareNet director of first responder services