In this line of work, coworkers quickly become like family. The events and calls you handle create a bond that is unlike any other. So when I received a call from a Roanoke County firefighter whose daughter was choking, it felt all the more surreal. The father, being a paramedic, knew what to do and quickly performed back blows to the 16-month-old infant and dislodged the object. The father wanted to stay on the phone, in case something with his daughter’s health changed.
By staying on the telephone, I gave this father the confidence and reassurance he needed to save his daughter’s life.