I was thinking today of the hundreds and thousands of First Responders working in communities all over our country and world. You know the ones, they arrive at an accident or incident and are faced with the harsh reality of how cruel, corrupt and so often unfair our world and the people in it can be. Paramedics, Fire, Police, Search and Rescue, Military… we see them rushing down the road with lights and sirens or off to a peace keeping mission or war and how often do we think of them and how at any turn their lives can be changed in an instant. What our eyes see, our ears hear and our senses take in remains in our brains forever, they become memories and often nightmares.
I worked in the ER for short stints during my years of nursing. In that time I was faced with images that remain, but knew that the paramedics, fire fighters and police had faced it all first, untouched and the raw reality of the disaster they were called into. I could see in their eyes, the weariness, frustration, and worry on their faces. I used to try and always speak kindly and listen carefully not only to the patients, but to those that brought them there. A kind word and sometimes a warm hand on their arm with an “I care” squeeze to let them know they are doing a good job and that I truly did care.
The day I took these images of the air ambulance, down the road a young person was hit while crossing just a few minutes from my home. I watched as this air ambulance came in and knew that where they had to land was not the optimum place, but they were there to do their job. I have a dear friend who is a paramedic I know her heart is to bring medical help, heart and hand to those she is there to rescue from the situation they are in. I knew that this young person was going to receive the amazing care of the paramedics in that helicopter. I have had police in the family and as friends and know that they have struggled with some of the circumstances they have walked in doing their job. Where we live, down the road is the fire hall and many times we hear the trucks go out knowing that they are facing the possibility of a very dire situation.
Could you do these jobs? Do you do these jobs? I don’t think I could, but boy am I thankful for those that do. Today with this post I want to honour all of those that have and do give of their lives in the careers and as volunteers in this way. Thank you for all you do! Thank you for your self sacrifice, for putting others before yourself and for your care and keeping of those in need.
“Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.” Philippians 2:3,4
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