When I started Paramedic school I couldn’t get enough. I’d watch TV shows about first responders, read EMT forums, and scour the internet for stories and blogs about those in the field. A few months after becoming a Paramedic I felt that sharing some of my experiences was not only therapeutic but could provide others with stories, tips, and general light reading centered around a topic we all love.
I was sitting in the truck one-night thinking about all those EMT’s and Paramedic’s that told me how salty they were. How I’d join their ranks as soon as I hit the streets. I refuse to accept this mindset, and that’s what lead me to SNOTS. SNOTS stands for “Seasoned not Salty”. A mantra I created and embraced. I consider to be my mission statement. I vowed to never become that salty dude that’s waiting for his retirement date. I refuse to believe that with experience comes negative attitude and bitterness thus inspiring me to create SNOTS Medic.
I was born in a small town in Michigan in the late 80’s. I met my wife and love of my life in 2007 while I was working as a Flight Attendant. We spit out four amazing but high octane kids over the last ten years. During these years I was a lost soul. Unable to settle down and choose a real career path. In the summer of 2016 I decided to become an EMT. I took a ten week class at a local community college and was hired after graduation at a local substance abuse and psychiatric center. The night I took my final exam the newest class of Paramedics was attending their orientation. I stood in the back of the room and watched their lead instructor tell a story about his first call as a Paramedic. I knew at this moment EMT was not enough. My insatiable appetite for knowledge led me to take the required prerequisites to be eligible to start Paramedic school. I spent one year in school and graduated as a Paramedic in the fall of 2018.
This blog chronicles my personal and professional life as a Paramedic. Roaming the streets and surrounding counties of one of the top six largest cities in the United States.