Between the stress of life and death situations, heavy lifting, and bumpy rides hunched over in the back of an ambulance, Dan will tell you that his profession “is a young man’s job.”
For 28 years, he has worked as an EMS Paramedic, always responding to other people’s life and death emergencies. He watches over those having a health crisis, and “shepherds” them safely to the hospital.
However, last Spring, things changed for him. In April, he developed a foot infection that quickly turned septic. He went into the hospital for surgery to remove part of his foot. The infection had seeped into his blood and bones. It was scary for him to face recovering from this deadly illness and not being able to work. For the first time in his career, he was on the other side of the fence, and had to ask others for help.
“MAP’s assistance came at a time in my life when I was in need. It was reassuring and a giant weight off my chest.” MAP paid three months of his rent so Dan could regain his hours at work and catch up financially.
As we spoke to Dan outside of MAP’s doors, an EMS ambulance sped by with full sirens screeching. “There goes another one,” said Dan. “We’re always on call.”