I will never forget the day. September 12, 2006 is the day I purchased you from B&R Uniforms in Hackettstown, NJ. That was seven and a half years ago, can you believe it? I was sixteen years old and a day earlier, I had received my EMT-Basic certification from the State of New Jersey.
Since that day, you’ve been a constant in my life. I’ve never been on an EMS call without you. You’ve been saturated with blood, sweat, urine, feces, emesis, and tears (both patients’ and my own).
You’ve been run over, spit on, and have helped me escape from countless dangerous scenes.
You’re the only other thing who has seen every patient I have ever treated.
You were with me through Paramedic school, including my clinical and ride times, the hardest and most intense educational experience I have been through.
After my shift today, you will retire. You are filled with holes and are raggedy beyond repair.
But I will never get rid of you. Your presence in my life and my home is almost spiritual and symbolic. Each time I look upon your scuffs and tears, I will remember how they came to be.
I can not thank you enough for your years of service.