A long time ago I realized I wanted to get the most out of this life. I travel a lot and have lived in several countries hoping to expand my life experiences. People often ask me why I became a paramedic, and I tell them because I wanted to help people, but that's not the truth - I wish it were. People also ask why emergency workers stay in their job if there's such a high risk of mental injury. For me, there's no more of a significant life experience than being with someone at a critical moment in their life. Trying to save someone from a traumatic or medical event or delivering a baby is as real as life gets for me. There are not many people that can say they have been with someone at the moment of their death or who have genuinely made a difference in saving a life. These are the most real of life experiences for me, and it's why I continue doing this job. If you're a life experience junkie like me than being an emergency worker is as good as it gets in my opinion.
From Emergency Response Portraits