I just received a phone call from one of our awesome nephews, Hunter. He called to give me some very happy news. Hunter drove to Wichita, Kansas last Friday to take his EMT (Emergency Medical Technician) final exam. These tests are by no means simple exams. Given the fact that EMTs are many times the first people to arrive to give help to an ill or injured person, they have to know what needs to be done immediately. Their knowledge and expertise may mean the difference between life and death--literally.
It was a long weekend for Hunter and the other people who took their boards last Friday. None of them would know how well they did for 2-3 days. Hunter got his news just a little while ago. HE MADE IT!!!
Hunter began these studies last August when he was a Junior at Garden City High School. He has met and worked with some totally outstanding men and women whom have led him through this path to receive his certification. His mentor was a man who was widely known in Kansas, etc for the unbelievable instruction and dedication that he gave to his EMS students and patients. The world lost this man last Spring in a motorcycle accident between Scott City and Garden City. Hearts will never mend from his loss. Before he passed away, he sat Hunter down and had a long talk with him. He had seen great promise in Hunter and knew that Hunter could go all of the way. His mentor recommended that Hunter earn a degree in nursing so that he could follow in his footsteps by being a flight for life nurse. (By the way, this man and his brother were the two nurses who flew with me from Leoti to Denver when an aneurisym in my heart was ready to burst. They were exceptional men. All of us were so very fortunate to have had these men here who helped so many people through their life flights or through their instruction to others who also dreamed of being EMTs.
Hunter will be a Garden City High School Senior this 2011-2012 school year. His plans are to do as his mentor and exceptional friend advised--he will be going into nursing.
Hunter's VERY proud parents are Lona Sue Elder of Garden City and Rob Carson of Leoti.