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Humility and grace

Friday, March 01, 2013

Yesterday began my first of a two day shift at the fire station. Being a volunteer, I show up to the station after my paying job and stay overnight until its time to go back to the paying job again. Around 10pm we were called out for a woman who tried to commit suicide. I got to be the instrument of hope and meaning for the patient we saw. This makes me constantly remind myself that no matter what position you are in life, you are a vessel that can be used to build up, or tear apart.
The most important piece of the whole call was when the patient said, "You don't care about me - this is just your job," and three of us paused in the same moment and said, "No. We are here because we want to help those in need. We collect no money for what we do here. We do this because we do care what happens to you." I added that she mattered most to me in that moment, and would continue to matter to me in the days and weeks to come. I tried to convey my desire to prove to her how much she would be missed if she were gone.
While the ride into the hospital for this patient wasn't exceptional - it taught me the lesson that while I may not get paid money to do the thing that means everything to me in this world, I get more out of volunteering than I have ever expected, and that makes me the richest woman in the world.

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GARDENCHRIS 3/2/2013 8:15AM

    how sweet and touching...

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MOTLORAC 3/2/2013 1:24AM

    Thanks for your service and your attitude. Wow.

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CATHYGETSFIT 3/1/2013 11:03PM

    emoticon I'm so glad you were there for that woman who needed you and am glad you were able to help her when she was in a bad place mentally. You can't put an amount of money on something like that where you are helping a fellow human being in their time of need. emoticon

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DLDMIL 3/1/2013 7:52PM

    You are an inspiration to all first responders and volunteers. Thank you for everything you do. The general public needs more caring people in those very difficult moments.

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JUSTLLAMA 3/1/2013 6:57PM

    As a psych nurse, I thank you.

There is no quick fix for what that woman is going through but you got her through THAT moment.

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    There is no amount of money that you could ever receive that would repay the kindness and sacrifice that you make. You can't put a dollar sign to it. You amaze me - wow - a volunteer Firewoman! And . . . a mother of four? You make me feel like I haven't accomplished much. Okay, I take that back - I do accomplish a lot - but wow!

Hope you have a tremendous day - and thanks for looking out for us!


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