So you want to be a big city Paramedic? Rots-a-ruck, fella! While we usually give our medics a hard way to go, make no mistake about it – they have one of the hardest and most demanding jobs on the city payroll and few firefighters would trade places with them. They take thousands of calls a year, treat thousands of patients and deal with an administration that constantly abuses them. No wonder they usually don’t last very long.
Here is an example of the dangers they face. This is a picture of a bullet hole discovered in our ambulance a few tours back. Note the location – right into the driver’s compartment. It’s clear that a few INCHES was the difference between laughing this incident off with our typical gallows humor, and making arrangements for a LOD funeral. As usual the medics took it in stride and went right back on the street. Dedication like that is hard to come by.