As #NationalEMSWeek comes to a close, I wanted to share what the week means to me.
National Emergency Medical Services Week was originally established by President Gerald Ford in 1974 and was reestablished as the 3rd week of May in 1992. For one week a year, the nation recognizes all of the blood, sweat, tears, missed meals, and lack of sleep that go into being an emergency medical provider. It is truly awesome that this week of appreciation was established because I believe that public service providers are the unsung heroes of this nation. No matter what any EMS provider will tell you, we all have a heart that’s as big as our bodies and we share a love for people that is as deep as the ocean. We wouldn’t be doing this job if we didn’t. Due to my graduate school aspirations, I have stepped away from the emergency medical profession. In doing this, I believe that I have gained a greater appreciation for the profession and all that EMS professionals do. Some days these amazing humans almost literally go to hell and back for total and complete strangers. This poem is for you. Know that my heart goes out to you every time the pager sounds.
It’s 10 pm, you’ve barely seen the station all day
No food, No rest,
All you wanna see is your body hit the bed.
One report to finish and then its time to sleep
Off in the distance you hear the pager go “beep, beep, beep”
Dispatcher said its gonna be a tough one
Mom called in said someone ran over her son
Your pulse goes up as the siren turns on
Someone is hurt and you are 911
Arrive on scene still trying to find
Your partner sees the son, he’s definitely in a bind
Grab the trauma bag, grab the O2,
Its time to go to work boys,
‘Cause that’s just what we do.
You get the kid into the truck
Tell the firefighter “its time to roll”
You are going to save the child’s life
But the call will take its toll.
2 hours later you make it back to the station
Its time to sleep, there are finally no more patients.
People outside the circle, they never know the right things to say
But for us in EMS, its just another day.
To all of my people in EMS
I want you to know,
You are the BEST!
You will always carry a special place in my heart
Thank You every day for doing your part!