Happy Friday, friends. I'm still celebrating the release of my New Adult romance, No Promises. Remember, it's available for only 99 cents through the month of January!
A new adult romance by multi published author Nona Raines writing as N. Raines
She never met a stray she didn't love…
In high school, Sam Pennywell had a massive crush on Rick Russo. But he was her cousin’s boyfriend and strictly off-limits. Meeting Rick again years later, she can hardly recognize the man he’s become.
As a paramedic, Rick’s career is all about helping others. But in the line of duty, he’s become one of the injured. He’s caught in a dark place he can’t escape on his own. He can't make Sam any promises of love. Promises are too easily broken.
Sam spends her life taking care of sick and homeless animals. She's never met a stray she didn't love, and Rick is the most important rescue she'll ever make.
Rick,the hero of the story, is a paramedic. While doing research on his profession I learned a few things I'd like to share with you.
1. Don't Call Emergency Service Personnel "Ambulance Drivers."
Paramedics and EMTs do a lot more than driving the ambulance and running the siren. In my state, paramedics must complete a two year degree program. They're able to give medications and trained in advanced life support. They must be certified and renew their certification every three years.
2. Their jobs are physically taxing.
All the lifting and carrying they do can take a toll. They may have to carry individuals who are heavy, sometimes down flights of stairs. This is especially challenging in an apartment building where there is no elevator. They may have to deal with people who are uncooperative or aggressive due to alcohol, drugs or mental illness. Occasionally, they are even physically assaulted. They have to keep calm and behave professionally at all times while protecting themselves and others.
3. Their jobs are emotionally taxing.
Emergency service personnel are often first at the scene in cases of child abuse. They have to help a child who has been hurt by his or her own parent or caretaker. They are on the scenes of accidents where innocent people have been hurt and killed by drivers under the influence. They see some terrible, heartbreaking sights yet must keep their feelings under control and do their best to help the injured and transport them as quickly and safely as possible. These tragedies may take an emotional toll on first responders and filter into their personal lives.
4. They don't get the pay or respect they deserve.
Emergency service personnel work long hours under difficult conditions to save lives. While they are responsible for keeping people safe and getting them to the hospital as quickly as possible, their assistance often goes unrecognized by the public. They often have to deal the results of society's inability to provide enough care for the indigent, the homeless and the mentally ill. They also have to deal professionally with people who abuse the system, keeping them from those truly in need.
5. They care about people.
Actually, this was one thing I didn't have to learn from reading a book or scouring the web. I've been fortunate enough to speak to several Emergency Service Personnel and their good humor and love of humanity shines through. They don't get much pay or many pats on the back, but they don't complain. Still, it's time we "civilians" recognize everything they do and give them the recognition they deserve. They, along with firefighters and police officers, are the first on the scene when we need help.
Have a wonderful weekend, all!
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