Your View: First responders earn reader's gratitude

Published on Friday, 3 February 2017 20:08
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To the Editor:

As a 29-year veteran of the Bristol Fire Department, I thought I knew something about first responders. I have experienced many times when we approached seemingly insurmountable tasks with fellow firefighters and have a favorable outcome after many hours of dangerous work.

I’ve known countless EMTs and police officers on a personal basis. What I didn’t know about these people is the literal life and death situations they can find themselves in on a moment’s notice.

On the morning of Dec. 16, 2016, I was the grateful recipient of these unsung heroes’ action. I was in cardiac arrest on my kitchen floor when they got to me.

Through the police officers’ initial efforts and the subsequent actions of EMS, they brought me back to life.

All the doctors and medical people I’ve seen tell me the same thing: I had less than a 10 percent chance of survival at that time.

At this moment, Jan. 24, I’m fully recovered, sitting in my kitchen trying to convey my deepest gratitude to all the people that work in the field. I know for a fact that they do it for more than a pay check!

I know another thing: the next time I drive by a construction site with an officer standing there, I am going to think quite differently than I did before.

Larry Palin

Bristol firefighter, ret.

Posted in New Britain Herald, Letters on Friday, 3 February 2017 20:08. Updated: Friday, 3 February 2017 20:11.