Severely injured in a motorcycle accident, the young man became combative as he labored to breathe. His condition progressively got worse.
There are days when Lawrence said she goes home and cries; and others when she can hold it together until something irrelevant is said, touching off a nerve. “You keep going over the call,” she said.”What could I have done better? Something will pop in my head. Maybe I could have done this.”
The fragility of life comes in full view on a regular basis for Lawrence and David Deland Jr., an Emergency Medical Technician with Lake EMS. Working 13- and 24-hour shifts is part of the norm for a paramedic and EMT. Sometimes, the Lake EMS crew can move from call to call but other times it is less chaotic.
EMS field workers said they have had to deal with unruly patients who throw up on them, and with physical attacks. They handle calls, from the most bizarre to the most traumatic. EMS field workers said they offer more than medical care at times, providing “psychological first aid” for those in need.