May 22, 2018

What's it like to be a paramedic?

written by: Melissa Hanson
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May 22, 2018

What's it like to be a paramedic? A day for Worcester EMS includes car crashes, overdoses

As John Schofield coasted along the streets of downtown Worcester, small raindrops dropped down onto the windshield.

That Monday afternoon was surprisingly quiet for a Worcester EMS paramedic, few calls coming in over the scanner from dispatchers.

A cup of Dunkin' Donuts coffee grew cold in the cup holder beside him.

Schofield, who has been an EMT since the mid-90s, drove around downtown, into Main South, up toward Lincoln Street and back, waiting for a call.

Suddenly, it came.

A 911 call had come in for an older woman in the Burncoat section of the city. Schofield grasped the speaker, pressing the button and quietly muttered: "Worcester car 9."

He told the dispatcher he was on his way.

The lights and sirens went on, bright red flashing off street signs as Schofield picked up speed.

It was time to move.

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