EMT'S PRAYER

GOD ... Grant me the
ability to give emergency care.
With skillful hands, knowledgeable mind,
and tender loving care.
Help me deal with everything,
when lives are on the line.
To see the worst, administer aid,
and ease a worried mind.
So help me as I go today,
accept what fate may be.
Touch these hands, use this mind,
help this E.M.T.
Amen


Yamel Merino, 24
Yonkers, N.Y.
emergency medical technician Pentagon

"The Paramedic"
They arrive out of the still of the day.
They never never make you pay.
They save your lives in the blink of an eye.
They never just leave you and say good-bye.
They arrive by squad, helicopter, and by rescue truck.
to help you when you're feeling your worst.
Using their tools of the trade:
Defibrillator, penlight, stethoscope and respirator.
They save your lives in the blink of an eye.
They never just leave you and say good-bye.
They are real-life angels of our time,
saving our lives without concern for their own.
They get bloodied, yelled at and even spat at.
For what? Rescuing us. Keeping us alive.
They save your lives in the blink of an eye.
They never just leave you and say good-bye.
They fix all your injuries from a broken toe to a stopped heart.
From contusions to spinal cord injuries.
They will deliver your baby or do a tracheotomy.
Then through it all just smile and keep you calm.
How do they do it, these angels of mercy?
They save your lives in the blink of an eye.
They never just leave you and say good-bye.
They are paramedics:
The underpaid,
the overworked,
the selfless.
They save your lives in the blink of an eye.
They never just leave you and say good-bye.
Copyright Dawn Towlson
from EMS Magazine

"Heroes Of Our Time"
They deal with death every day.
But who thinks about them?
About their feelings?
They deal with death, depression, divorce and suicide,
with patients and in their own lives.
They see their patients die,
and they see their friends die.
And through it all they never complain
about the job they do.
They just put their personal feelings aside
and do the job another day.
Who is it?
The paramedics:
The selfless, the overworked, the underpaid.
The heroes of our time.

Copyright Dawn Towlson
from EMS Magazine

Lifeflight
Angels of the air
flying down to save us:
these paramedics, pilots and nurses.
Risking their lives every day
to save ours,
whether we're hurt in a car accident
or fall.
Whether there are entrapments from hurricanes
or water rescues to be performed.
These angels of the air swoop down,
then take us back up.
Getting us to the hospital quickly
to save us,
to save our families.
To these heroes of the sky:
Thank you.
Thank you for saving our fathers,
mothers, sisters, brothers, friends,
relatives and our children.

Copyright Dawn Towlson
from EMS Magazine