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Response to the horrible tragedy of the recent accident at 2920 and Gosling Road that killed a mother and her 3 children

I wanted to share a few thoughts regarding Sunday night’s events due to the significance of what
occurred. For our crews that were involved in working this event, I commend you. I have had
countless co-workers reach out to make sure I was okay and to each of you, I can’t thank you
enough. It really means a lot to work in a field where so many people care about each other when
bad stuff happens. In these extraordinary times, instances like these are an opportunity for each
of us to evaluate where we are and what we are about. Many have asked how I can be okay with seeing
such tragedy so often and dealing with these catastrophic events. It is a question each of us has
to answer in this work. For me, this is my calling in life and something I feel I was born to do. I
get to witness some of the most incredible stories of survival and resilience. I get to be a part
of the most vulnerable and emotional times in folks lives. I get to build the best relationships
with co-workers that I will cherish forever. I am a part of the ultimate team sport that’s forever
in the chase of greatness. Every patient is a fight against the clock.
Maybe that’s why much doesn’t “bother” me, I am living the purpose for my life. Each day, I am
humbled by the stories I play a small part in. I have come to terms with the reality that I don’t
have all of the answers to these horrible things we encounter. If I don’t have them for myself, I
certainly won’t have them for others.

In today’s world with everything being so misconstrued and false narratives being pushed across the
board, I think it is important to highlight the positives in the face of tragedy. There are several
things I have come to believe for the majority of people as first responders. When the tones drop,
we go. We respond to try and perform at the highest level with the hand we have been dealt. We
don’t ask what color the patient is, where they came from, or their religious affiliations. We
don’t ask who they voted for or if they have insurance. We definitely don’t ask if they prefer the
King Vision vs the McGrath! (intubation tool) As a team, everyone shows up and does their job.
Regardless of the circumstance, we do everything in our ability to fix it. I have washed more blood
out of ambulances and helicopters than you can imagine, it is all one color, red. Each of us are
from all walks of life but we all bleed the same.

I call nights like last night doing God’s work. A pastor once said that our church looks a little
bit like heaven because we have all different types of people in here, just like heaven. What the
media won’t share about last night, is that democrats and republicans came together all across

our county to try and save a life, in our case, multiple lives at once. There were different
religions, different colors, different genders, and multiple agencies all coming together for one
goal, to help their fellow man. Part of God’s work is being the light in darkness, the calm in
midst of chaos, and supporting those who are searching for answers. It is using your platform to
share your experiences and vulnerabilities with those that may need to hear it. None of us are
perfect, very far from it. But sometimes when we sit back and reflect on what we do, it makes us
realize how great we do have it. Each day in the blink of an eye I realize what I had just been
frustrated or concerned about pales in comparison to what the family or patient is experiencing. I
appreciate the opportunity to learn from life’s fragile lessons. In these extraordinary times of
division and uncertainty, it is important for us to remember how often we all come together for a
purpose that is bigger than any of us. Thank you all for your hard work and dedication to the
people we serve.

Zach Dunlap
Clinical Training Coordinator, Paramedic III

Cypress Creek EMS

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