This was read in my lodge for an explination of my job.

Discussion in 'Poetry and Words of Wisdom' started by firemason343, May 20, 2010.

  1. firemason343

    firemason343 Registered User

    Worshipful master, wardens, brethren, and guests,
    I would like to speak to you today about a group of people who are hidden in plain sight. They are a group who dedicate their lives to the betterment of their fellow man. Search for more knowledge and are self sacrificing, caring about others before themselves. They strive to be the best, to know more, and to go above and beyond the call of duty each and every day. They care not what others think of them, but how they view themselves. They have funny rituals of initiation, only funny to outsiders. They wear their affiliation proudly. And yet, even now, you are wondering what secret society I am referring to. This band of brothers…. I belong to this group. And proudly I might add. I am speaking of the emergency responders all over the world. Like our lodge, I can go anywhere and be recognized by my brothers after a couple of questions and be invited in to their station for fellowship. Sounds like our esteemed fellowship, doesn’t it?
    Acadian Ambulance was established by 3 ex navy corpsmen in Lafayette, la in 1973. These men saw a need for their battlefield experience in the civilian market. Acadian has grown to be a leader in the emergency medical field. With Acadian on call, Acadian academies and state of the art medical equipment and protocols, Acadian has been an inspiration to many to become E.M.T.s and paramedics.
    We as medics have extensive training in emergency medicine. We can start your heart in event of cardiac arrest. We use medicines to assist in slowing a very rapid heart beat, assist in a patient who is having an asthma attack or someone who has low blood sugar and is unresponsive. It is a great sense of accomplishment when we arrive on scene and our patient is unconscious and the family is scared and we, with a couple of interventions, oxygen, establishing an I.V. and giving some D50 (sugar water basically) and after about 3-5 minutes, the loved one wakes up as if from a deep sleep. We can stop seizure activity in people who suffer from epilepsy. We can and do bring people back from the dead. That statement may sound strange but the clinical definition of dead as we call it is this. No heart beat or electrical activity, no respirations. Basically clinically dead. We have the technology, skill sets, medicine and heart to be able to, in this situation, to restore a persons heart beat, blood pressure and spontaneous respirations. Effectively, bringing a person back from the dead.
    We respond to vehicle accidents and domestic violence, as well as the little old lady who lost her husband of 50+ years and is just lonely and scared. We see all sorts of incidents where people are in need of help, be it minor or life threatening.
    In closing, I would like to ask all of you to think about the times you have seen an ambulance and wondered if the person inside will be ok, and then think about all the times you have stopped by and thanked your local first responders and ambulance crew. Remember, we are only a phone call away. So please do not hesitate to call 911 if you need to. It is not a bother to us. It is our job. And I love my job!
    As a side note, during the 9-11 attacks, I read that an entire lodge was destroyed, all were firefighters and medics. Some quick notes for you. There were more line of duty e.m.s. deaths than police deaths last year nation wide. We as medics are in a more dangerous job than police. Of the 2900 people who died sept. 11 approximately 343 were firefighters and 149 were medics. Of those 497, 0ver 300 were masons. It takes a special person to be a medic. And a mason. Out of the Acadian crews in bexar county, there are at least 30 out of 200 who are masons.
    In closing, I wish you all great health. And remember, when you see a fire engine or ambulance roll by, say a prayer for the safety of the responders so they make it back home to their loved ones. I do not want to see you or your loved ones in my ambulance, but if I do, rest assured, you are in good hands. The supreme architect of the universe has blessed me with knowledge and skills as well as a compassionate heart to help those in need. What better and more rewarding a life is there? Helping our fellow man in their time of crisis.
  2. Blake Bowden

    Blake Bowden Administrator Staff Member

    Great stuff!

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