Thank You to My Readers on the 14th Anniversary of 9/11!

September 7, 2015 2 comments

“How Did I Move Forward From the Loss of “That Day?”

I appreciate my subscribers to  This week reminds me of the great people I have worked with in EMS, many of which are still good friends.  As this week starts our brothers and sisters are changing their Facebook Profile pictures to flags and eagles.  It is great to see that people remember and will not forget.  EMS is really about the community and those we work with.

We should care as much for the person next to us,as the patient on the stretcher.

September 11, 2001 was a huge disaster which stopped New York City, the United States and most of the world for a few days. The magnitude of the disaster was huge; 7 buildings, 2 airliners, 10 EMTs and paramedics, 343 fire department members, 79 police officers and some 3,300 civilians. When the disbelief turned to acceptance the struggle was to understand the parts the stories, the events and the whys.

Especially for me the information was important.  I went down to the World Trade Center at 1:00 pm on 9/11/01 and did not go home until 3:00 pm on 9/13/2001.  We were in news blackout working hour to hour, bucket to bucket, hope to hope. In the years since I have transitioned from understanding to asking myself, “How do we move forward, not forgetting, but not stuck in the moment.  I vividly remember nights at Ground Zero with the American Flag hanging above the Pit.

Call to action: Please leave your American flag out the night of 9/11, well lit, to honor the emergency responders and military who have given so much on 9/11 and in the years since.

I enjoy doing acts of kindness and generosity in the name of EMTs that died on 9/11.  Somehow, this helps me and makes me feel good about the loss on 9/11.

I have been giving a presentation that called, “After The Siren Stops, Taking Care of our Own.”  I have received excellent feedback on this lecture.  As many of you know I have written the only EMS Book about September 11, 2001 in the world. The Downwind Walk: A USAR Paramedic’s Experience’s after the Terrorist Attacks of 9/11.

I will continue to teach EMS the lessons of 9/11 and how to take care of our own. I plan on speaking at conferences next year and doing book signings.

To show my appreciation to my subscribers I plan to do the following:

  • Ground Zero Tours: I am available for tours around Ground Zero and New York City for EMT’s and Paramedics who are visiting The City. E-Mail me for details.
  • I am planning on recording a book reading this week about what it was like on 9/11/01 to 09/12/01 at Ground Zero, excerpts from my book. I will post this on my web site. for free.
  • I will be scheduling lectures around the country and world in the next couple of years as we approach the 20th anniversary of 9/11 to share the EMS lessons of 9/11, the great people we lost and how to take care of our own going forward.

Please e-mail me @  if you are interested in a tour in The City or sponsoring a book reading/ signing.

Have a great week as we approach September 11 2014.  Honor those EMTs and paramedics we have lost through your caring and professionalism.   Do something in name of a person who died on 9/11, through you they will live on.

Travelling Is My Passion

Well travelling is one of a my passions at least. I  love living, dining and travelling.  In a nutshell I enjoy living life and experiencing the world.  Through travel we can meet new people and see interesting things.  Sometimes travel gives us a break from everyday life, other times travel gives us a comparison so we may appreciate what we have.  Often i feel travel gives us perspective on our lives and helps us see what is really important.I want to start this blog so I may highlight the great people I meet on the road and the best experiences I find so you too may enjoy  life and all the treasures the world offers.WP_20150325_15_16_22_Pro

Contest For My Subscribers – Free HD Video Action Cam


I appreciate the fan base that reads my blog.  I have a HD Action Cam with digital video (value $100.00) I would like to give it away in a contest.

The contest consists writing an article for my blog with the theme Nothing Good Happens After Midnights.  Write a story about a call you had that meets the requirements of being Nothing Good After Midnights. The article length should be about 500- to 700 words.  You can include a picture of yourself if you like. Please include a short description about your level of training, and what your career goals are. This is a great way to get started as a writer. I will be glad to give a reference for the aspiring writer that wins.

All submissions need to include a statement in your e-mail that I have permission to publish your article. All submissions will be judged on the story,and its meeting the theme of the contest.

Contest deadline is April 15, 2015 at Midnight.   I wish each of you good luck.  I am glad to be giving back to my blog followers.E-Mail submissions to, Title- Contest Submission.

Good Luck, Good Skill.


Fit For EMS Bit By Bit

January 22, 2015 1 comment

Like many EMS professionals I have struggled with getting in shape.  Hell, it is hard even to set a routine for exercise when you are doing s shift work and overtime.  Our eating habits are not always the best either. How many times have you brought food only to succumb to the smell of fried food when tired or stressed out?  True there are those that set aside time to run, lift weights and eat right, but they are in the minority in EMS and the general population.

I can remember those times I was exercising or bike riding and found the job more enjoyable.  Above all EMS providers need to have tone to lift people and a diet that keeps our blood pressure at acceptable levels.

After being threatened by my doctor and him listing the risks of being overweight,  bought a Fit Bit for myself this Christmas.  I am pleased to see how much activity I get during the day walking around from location to location at work.  By walking for 45-90 minutes a day I have been racking up 4 to 5 miles and feeling more fit.

There is more to getting in shape than walking. What successes or challenges have you had getting in shape while working in EMS?

How To Become A flight Paramedic, Interview with Jason Hums, MPH

Remembering Veterans. “Bu Ku Dinky Dow.”

I would like to salute all the veterans who have served our country.  EMS providers should always take time to care for and respect our veterans.  Famous, retired, still serving or Homeless.

I will never forget doing a call with my partner Jeff.  We responded to a call to assist the BLS with an “unruly patient.” Upon arrival we saw the BLS and PD trying to get a hold of this homeless man that was proving pretty wiry.  Jeff stopped everybody and got the attention of the homeless man.

Jeff spoke loudly, “Bu Ku Dinky Dow.” The man looked at him and sat bolt upright.

He asked Jeff, “Where did you serve?”

Jeff replied, “I never had the honor of serving sir. Where did you serve?  The man rattled off his unit, command and said he fought in Nat Trang Valley, Vietnam.  Jeff offered to carry him to the ambulance, he denied help and walked to the bus.

I later asked Jeff how he knew the man was a vet.

Jeff replied, “I noticed the military tattoo that was home made in the bush and he had his ID and money in a sealable Glad Bag. A classic Vietnam Vet habit.”  By listening and learning I learned some new scene size-up clues.

Get Out Of My Ambulance, And Take Your Political Campaign with You

Remember that line you’re taught in medic class? “We operate under the license of medical control physician’s and delineated protocols. Please do not interfere with our care unless you are willing to take over patient care and go to the hospital.”

The controversy over the treatment of Ebola and monitoring EMTs, paramedics and nurses exposed to Ebola in the USA reveals the best and worst of politics. EMS protocols are evidence base and driven by the consensus of physicians, not politicians (at least not elected politicians). Imagine if the governor or the president dictated at what blood pressure limit we could give nitroglycerin? Or how many defibrillations we should give during a witnessed cardiac arrest? No, as Chris Berman says, “C’mon man.”

Politicians in our country, or more accurately a percentage of politicians in this country think they can get more votes by interjecting themselves into controversy. I don’t understand the basis for a senator to grill and interrogate the head of the CDC over policy and reaction to the treatment of Ebola patient’s. The CDC are the world experts in dealing with public health emergencies. Dr. Thomas R. Frieden MD, MPH  is the head of the CDC.  Principles of incident command dictate that the person in charge allows the agency with the most relative expertise to take the lead role, under a unified command. The CDC has set policies and procedures for delaying with Ebola and Health care workers exposed to Ebola.

A great leader is one who knows when to delegate and take council from subject matter experts. And furthermore policy making should be an open process, not by a governor making changes and stating, “I don’t have to discuss this with you, the person.”

President Obama is letting the CDC lead the attack against Ebola and health professional monitoring. Good leadership allows the experts to lead when needed and not get in the trenches themselves, this is the difference between leadership and tactics.

I used to say as a paramedic that I was apolitical. This worked well until I needed something from my lieutenant and Ben would say, “Where have you been.” I learned there is no situation when more than one person is involved that is not political.

We as EMS providers need to be more vocal and support politicians that understand the process and the people.

Stay Safe and take the proper precautions. If you do not feel comfortable with your level of training in Haz Mat, speak up and ask for more training.

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