Eight years ago I began a job in a fire department in a small New England town. Today was my last day. Oddly it could very well be my last day as paramedic altogether. I have not decided yet, but it’s likely I might try something different.
More like 20 years I’ve been in the emergency services. It’s been a long and interesting path, with many potholes along the way. But the road also took me down some beautiful roads where I learned to become someone I didn’t know was inside me.
I’ve met many strangers who became dear friends and had friends turn their backs on me. But helping to heal the sick is a blessing that I have been fortunate enough to experience.
So maybe this life guard will no longer be on duty. And the day now may be done on this career. But my patients and my service will always be deep in my heart.