EMT, Medic Ambulance. Sacramento, California.
What’s “my part”?
I am one of thousands who woke up November 8th and chose to go help complete strangers, many of whom were having the worst day of their life. Not a hero, just a regular guy, doing his job.
Our team arrived in Paradise, CA on November 9th 12:06pm. The next 7 days and 7 nights, we lived out of our ambulance. Strong smells of smoke, cold gas station dinners, a shower or two, and countless faces I’ll never forget.
While shooting Trust Fall, I was able to reconnect with many survivors and share moments that will stay with me forever. What they chose to share was incredibly powerful:
Yes, the fire is out and Paradise is being rebuilt — when the headlines subside and popular attention shifts elsewhere is exactly when these families need our help the most.
With the help of Caye and his team, we are supporting a range of community resources in Butte County with an emphasis on mental health, specifically designed to help those coping from natural disasters or traumatic events.
Butte County offers a range of resources following disasters. They offer a 24/7, 365-day-a-year, national hotline dedicated to providing immediate crisis counseling for people who are experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster. This toll-free, multilingual, and confidential crisis support service is available to all residents in the United States and its territories. Stress, anxiety, and other depression-like symptoms are common reactions after a disaster. Call 1.800.985.5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 to connect with a trained crisis counselor.
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