Behind Every Great EMT…

Call it a curiosity. I wanted to know how the EMT Spot readers would finish the sentence, “Behind every great EMT…” So I asked.

I asked on twitter. I asked on Facebook. I even asked right here at the blog. And the answers poured in. Your responses represented the full spectrum of personalities that inhabit our workplace. There were poignant responses, cynical responses and a bunch of funny ones. The responses made me smile and frown and think.

Within this list of answers you’ll find feedback from 30+ year EMS veterans and newbies just getting their EMS feet wet. Everyone is represented. And the responses are telling.

I’m rather proud of how this little experiment turned out. I hope you find these responses as enjoyable and thought provoking as I did. Thanks for all your contributions. Aside from categorizing these contributions, I’ve made no further editorial additions. This post will become part of the guest posts category, because it was written by you.

Complete the sentence, “Behind every great EMT…”


The Humorous:

Behind every great EMT are 5 firefighters. – @isuhawkeye via Twitter

Behind every great EMT is a stack of empty pint glasses. – @MedicSBK via Twitter

Behind every great EMT is an Englishman in a green jumpsuit watching over them from a distance. – @MedicSBK via Twitter

Behind every great EMT is an ambulance. – Mark Daube via Facebook

Behind every great EMT is an adrenaline junkie. – Anonymous via the blog

The Cynical / Funny:

Behind every great EMT there’s a pissed off lawyer that can’t sue you. – @texaschef via Twitter

Behind every great EMT there’s a chief with a boot headed for your ass. – @texaschef via Twitter

Behind every great EMT is a partner who can’t drive. – @seanhfitz via Twitter

Behind every great EMT is a supervisor with a write-up for him. – @seanhfitz via Twitter

Behind every great EMT is an ambulance with a flat tire. – @seanhfitz via Twitter

Behind every great EMT is a line of bill collectors. – @Ckemtp via Twitter

The Egotistical / Funny:

Behind every EMT is chaos, brought under control, left in their wake. – @MedicSBK via Twitter

Behind every great EMT there’s a paramedic telling him to move so he can treat the patient. – @paramedicintern via Twitter

The Thoughtful:

Behind every great EMT is a role model, an excellent instructor, and sound judgement. – @hoplessromantic via Twitter

Behind every great EMT is a solid foundation of the basics. – @un_ojo via Twitter

Behind every great EMT is a conscience that whispers, “Is this in my best interests, or the patient’s? – @AmboDriver via Twitter

Behind every great EMT is a never-ending willingness to always learn more & strive to always put the patient first. @JustMyBlog via Twitter

Behind every great EMT is a very understanding & supportive family. – @EMTwicks via Twitter

Behind every great EMT there’s professionalism, patience, empathy, gentleness, and faith. – @dont39350 via Twitter

Behind every great EMT there’s an excellent instructor (or instructors). – @Bitzes via Twitter

Behind every great EMT there’s an ongoing thirst for knowledge. – @NJDiveMEdic via Twitter

Behind every great Paramedic is a damn good EMT. – @EMTDani via Twitter

Behind every great EMT is education. – @EMTDani via Twitter

Behind every great EMT is a mentor, supporter, and educator. – @Gfriese via Twitter

Behind every great EMT is a solid education and an extra dose of common sense. – @UKMedic999 via Twitter

Behind every great EMT there is a spectacular instructor. . .and a good team. – April DeGesualdo via Facebook

Behind every great EMT is a great mentor. – Anonymous via the blog

Behind every great EMT is a great mentor, a great education, and a great passion to keep learning. – Anonymous via the blog

Behind every great EMT are compassion and humility. - Captain Tom via the blog

Behind every great EMT are friends, family, a good head, the drive to keep going, and keep learning, and a love of what we do. – Jen D. via the blog

Behind every great EMT is the passion to always be improving through education, run reviews, and being a sponge with mentors and other EMTs. To learn to be humble, compassionate and remembering that every, I mean every call is important to the patient and we treat every call as such. If you don’t really enjoy what you do, it may be time to seek another career. – Randy via the blog

Behind every great EMT is the knowledge that it is all about the patients, not us. – Sean Fontaine via the blog

The Personal:

Behind every great EMT there’s a heart that cares and an inner drive that pushes you to always go above and beyond for your patients. – @PrRescue via Twitter

Behind every great EMT is a family that misses him. – seanhfitz via Twitter

Behind every great EMT is a great support network. – @NavyStingerDoc via Twitter

Behind every great EMT there’s a family and some friends that understand. – @Ckemtp via Twitter (With a bunch of accompanying retweets and affirmations.)

Behind every great EMT is a caring, and determined individual. The status of “E.M.T” is a means of developing skills and knowledge, paired with the legal ability to use those skills and knowledge, in a way that is true to the intrinsic nature of that individual. – Jeremiah Bush via Facebook

Behind every great EMT are their brothers and sisters in service. – Pamela Moore-Eaton via Facebook

Behind every great EMT are equal parts passion and compassion. – Steve via the blog

Behind every great married EMT is a great wife. – Anonymous via the blog

The Optimistic:

Behind every great EMT, there’s a long row of mediocre EMTs who need a little enthusiasm shared with them. – @FloBach via Twitter

The Hard to Classify:

Behind every great EMT is a confused but very lucky citizen to have encountered them. – @MedicSBK via Twitter

Behind every great EMT is an open door to escape through. – @CrazyMedic via Twitter

Behind every great EMT is a sandwich with one bite taken out of it. – Mike Taigman via Facebook

Behind every great EMT is someone just one hour of sleep short of being incapable of screwing up. – Joseph Schmoe via the blog

Behind every great EMT is The EMT Spot. – Anonymous via the blog (Thanks anonymous.)

And thank you to everyone who contributed. Don’t worry if you missed your chance to add your two cents. that’s what the comments section is for. See you next time.

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