FF/Paramedic Boone is taking the proper steps to administer an IV to the patient who was having trouble breathing. The patient was complaining of slowness of breath and some chest pains.
FF/Paramedic Kronenberger placing the needle in a patient's arm
On this particular call, the patient had just got out of the hospital that morning with an allergic reaction. When we pulled up, the patient was showing signs of another allergic reaction. The patient was sitting on the front stooped, extremely red and having shortness of breath. This picture depicts what Kronenberger has to do in order to administer the medication to help the patient breathe. Kronenberger and Myers administered two epi-pens in either leg to slow down the allergic reaction prior to this picture being taken.
FF/Paramedic Kronenberger gloved up and ready to administer medication.
FF/Paramedic Kronenberger administers Benadryl in the syringe to put through the needle in the patient's arm to help the patient to calm down and be able to breathe normally. On serious calls, Kronenberger flips his ball cap on backwards so he has a clearer vision on what he is currently doing and makes sure he can save a life in the proper manner.
"The best day on the job is where we don't have to answer any alarms. The worst day on the job is when we never see the station, because we are answering alarm after alarm but that is what we are here for. If its only to save one life," Kronenberger says, "And I wasn't the one who chose this job for myself. It was something much, much greater. HE chose it for me."
Words cannot express what each and every member of the Riverside Fire Department goes through day by day. One can only describe or try to explain what they do each and every day. Some days are harder than others. Some days they might be watching an elderly take their last breath or responding to a 19 year old who overdosed on heroin. Other days there is a house on fire with a family trapped or a baby who is turning blue because they can't breathe. We owe a lot to our civil servants, especially firefighter/paramedics. They do not get the recognition enough for all that they do. I hope this project gives you a glimpse of their life. Being the child of a firefighter/paramedic has its ups and downs. I have dealt with my dad sacrificing time with his family, as well as all the other men and women on the department, to save the lives of people he doesn't know. He has missed soccer, basketball, and volleyball games, plays, open houses, etc. all for the love of the job. There are times when he has been very clingy to us because of certain calls he might have went on that has been around our age group. But I am seriously the proudest daughter in the entire world. The Riverside Fire Department is like one big family. I have grown up with an extra set of brothers and sisters and family. I would not trade my dad's career for anything. I know this project was not supposed to be about family, but honestly, the Riverside Fire Department is my family. Please consider what they go through consistently, day by day. They are the strongest people I know and sometimes they have to put up a strong front. God Bless those who keep us safe.