I was writing and email and Jules was doing her homework. We were sitting at our kitchen counter. It was another peaceful night.
Suddenly… BAM. A loud bang. Then screams. Blood curdling screams.
Just like that, I was smack dab in the middle of an emergency situation. My wife and I were doing everything we could think of to help this person in need. This person was in real trouble. It was a terrible situation.
I don’t want to get into too much detail because I don’t want to impede on anyone’s privacy. But know that some shit went down tonight, and it shook me more than I expected it would.
I learned some things about myself tonight. I would like to share them with you…
I’ve always prided myself on my ability to stay cool under pressure. It’s something that has served me well in business. Don’t panic. Assess the situation. Make a decision. It’s one of my strengths as an entrepreneur.
But when an emergency hit, a real emergency, I wasn’t able to keep my cool as well as I thought I would. I didn’t stop to think. I could have made matters worse. I didn’t take the time to assess the situation.
The paramedics and the fireman got there. I will always be amazed and enamored by emergency responders. They moved quickly, efficiently, calmly and saved the day.
My father is a paramedic and my mother was a north Philly ER nurse for my entire childhood. My stepdad is a fireman. I’ve been surrounded by ambulances and firetrucks since I was born.
I think for that reason, I knew I wanted to stay away from emergency medicine. I decided I would work within the addiction field, and do my part of helping humanity in that way.
But after tonight, I am going to take EMS classes. I need to. I need to be better prepared for these. Writing skills and salesmanship won’t save me when it really matters.
In no time at all, the medics and fireman helped this person, got the patient in the ambulance and they were gone. We found out later that the person was perfectly fine. It was miraculous. I thought for sure there would be permanent damage.
There were so many things that could have gone wrong. Someone could have easily died tonight or been seriously injured. But these men and women got there and handled business in a way that I wasn’t able to. Granted, I didn’t have the equipment needed but there was something about the way they acted. They were serious, and definitely pumped with adrenaline, but they never yelled and they never spoke fast. They got it done. It was awesome.
I want to have that.