Heartwarming EMS, Patient Meeting Videos


Paramedics and paramedics often encounter people on their worst day, but their vital actions can ensure that patients can have much better days ahead. The opportunity to reunite with a cured patient outside of an emergency or transport setting can be a beacon of hope and a reminder of the positive impact your work has on the lives of others. Additionally, reunion with family members separated by the COVID-19 pandemic shows that there is a light at the end of the tunnel even in the most difficult times.

These eight heartwarming EMS meetings are a testament to the value EMS providers bring to their families and communities:

1. Video: A woman finds the FF de Ga. Who saved her 30 years ago

Jaqueline Luxenberg was just 5 years old when a fighter plane crashed into her apartment complex in 1989, killing two people, including her mother Margie Padovani. Luxenberg suffered severe burns but survived in part thanks to the actions of Smyrna’s firefighters and paramedics who treated and transported her, including Lt. Sam Wehunt and firefighter / paramedic Wes Vollrath. Three decades later, Luxenberg reunited with her saviors and learned a startling new detail about the Vollrath incident: Luxenberg’s mother had been the one who carried her out of the fire before succumbing to her own injuries.

See the reunion video here:

2. Md. EMT finds her grandmother and gives her the vaccine after a year apart

Like many EMS service providers, Montgomery County EMT Mike Rechen was forced to part ways with a beloved family member in order to protect them from potential exposure to COVID-19. Rechen had not seen his grandmother Shirley Donaldson, 90, since the start of the pandemic, but when the time came for him to help administer the COVID-19 vaccines, he had the incredible opportunity to find Donaldson – and immunize him against the virus that had separated them. “He’s my grandson, my first grandson!” Donaldson said as she and Rechen kissed.

Watch the heartwarming video below:

3. Fla. Man reunites with rescuers after bus crash left him paralyzed

Doug Haney was stuck for 30 minutes between the bus he was driving and a tractor-trailer after a four-vehicle crash in 2016. The crash severely injured Doug Haney, leaving him partially paralyzed in both legs, but Haney suffered said the outcome could have been much worse if first responders hadn’t worked as fast as them to free him and give him the treatment he needed. Four and 13 surgeries later, Haney tracked down the Orange County Fire Rescue Team who helped save him, and presented them with plaques bearing the inscription “Hometown Hero.”

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4. The crew of Hall Ambulance (California) finds their baby safely.

About a year ago, Paramedic Paramedic Hall Marian Anson delivered a baby for the first time in her career, with the help of her EMT partner Michelle Guidotti. After birth, the baby was abandoned under California’s Safe Surrender Program, which allows parents to safely and confidentially relinquish custody of a newborn if they cannot care for them. ‘them. A day later, the baby was taken in by foster parents, and on March 5, 2021, Anson and Guidotti reunited with the baby, named Oliver, to celebrate the finalization of his adoption. “Marian and Michelle were his first friends in the world and knowing that he was being looked after by them really bridges his life before meeting us, however brief that may be, to his life with us,” said said Oliver’s mother.

See photos from the meeting below:

5. Fla. FF-EMT reunites with FF who helped save his father and inspired his career

This next meeting involves a call that has had a positive outcome in more ways than one. Crystal White, a driver-operator with the Delray Beach Fire Department, not only helped save a patient’s life, but also helped light the path to a vital career for a future first responder. Palm Beach County EMT firefighter Danielle Bove said seeing White treating her father professionally and compassionately five years ago is what inspired her to pursue a career in public safety. “She personally inspired me, being just a woman, not knowing that ‘Hey you can do that,’” Bove said after the surprise meeting.

Watch the reunion video below:

The moment that changed two lives

The moment that changed two lives for the better… 5 years ago, Delray Beach Fire Rescue saved his father’s life and changed his forever. As the team treated her father with compassion and professionalism, they noticed the female firefighter – what an amazing job, she thought! She then decided to try it for herself. Fast forward a few years later, and now Danielle Bove is herself a firefighter / EMT with #PBCFR! It was her hope of one day meeting the woman that inspired her. It happened. In this video. At the moment. COMPLETELY BY SURPRISE! Watch for yourself… Crystal White is a Driver Operator for Delray Beach Fire Rescue and EMS Clinical Coordinator at Palm Beach State College. Danielle Bove is FF / EMT with PBCFR and a few months away from the end of her probationary year. #BeInspired #WomensHistoryMonth #Firefighters Delray Beach Fire Rescue We want to hear your story. Who inspired you to be the person you are today? Share a photo and your story in the comments below 👇

posted by Palm Beach County Fire Rescue Wednesday March 31, 2021

6. Survivors of Fatal Crash Reunite with Rescuers 33 Years Later

It is never too late to offer a sincere “thank you”. Three women who survived a serious vehicle crash as a teenager in 1987 have never forgotten the first responders who saved their lives, but it wasn’t until more than three decades later that all three were able to find their way back. the two dozen firefighters, EMS service providers and police officers who responded that day.

Shelley Rowland Engle, Marla VanTassell and Janis Astle met with first responders in Jerome County, Idaho in June 2020 to express their gratitude and introduce their heroes to their spouses, children and grandchildren. After sharing some of the things she’s been able to accomplish over the past 33 years, Engle told first responders, “None of what I just shared would have happened without you.” The women also paid tribute to their friend, Linda Hall, who was killed in the crash.

Hear the survivors tell their stories and view photos from the reunion by watching the video below:

7. The paramedic finds his son in palliative care

Paramedic Kendall Whitaker, who works in an emergency room at Baptist Medical Center in Jacksonville, Fla., Had to make the heartbreaking decision to part with her immunosuppressed and terminally ill 5-year-old son Easton during the pandemic of COVID-19. While Whitaker worked on the front lines to provide for his family, Easton and his 7-year-old brother stayed with their grandparents. But thanks to an online fundraiser started by Whitaker’s colleague Nurse Todd Lemmon, Whitaker was able to afford enough time to quarantine himself for 14 days and finally reunite with his sons on April 18, 2020. Easton is died next to his mother of a congenital heart. failure and pneumonia nine days later.

See more of Easton’s story and video from the reunion here:

8. 6 year old boy who called 911 for mom to find the dispatcher, the paramedics

Children can save lives too! Jakob Hindman, 6, from Belfast, Maine, helped save his mother’s life after suffering a severe seizure in January by staying calm, calling 911 and following the dispatcher’s instructions to ensure that her mother was still breathing and her head was propped up. “His composure was just amazing. He was just as calm and very polite,” said dispatcher Melissa Bisson, who said her call was the best call she has ever taken in her nearly 17-year career. . She said when she hung up she turned to a coworker and said, “This little boy deserves to be recognized.”

The Belfast Fire Department made sure Jakob got the recognition he deserved by inviting him and his family to meet Bisson and paramedic Debby Heath, who answered the call, at the fire station in March. First responders surprised Jakob with a medal, plaque and superhero cape decorated with departmental crests to honor his heroic deeds.

Do you have an amazing EMS meeting story that you would like to share? Please feel free to submit your stories and photos to [email protected]!

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