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Kudos to all in Boston's public safety department and the individual persons who were there to help the injured during the marathon, but can someone please include the paramedics? You hear about police, firefighters and EMTs, but not the medics. I am sick of them always being left out.

Paramedics are as important, if not more important, in these situations as the others. They are the ones who rescue, give medications and do all things necessary to help survival. They are not just ambulance drivers nor are they EMTs, who do not have the same extensive training needed to become a paramedic.

I'm married to a medic who sacrificed his body for his job and broke his back in the process. He can no longer work and is now disabled to perform most jobs altogether. He did it because he loves to help others and ensure each person is given the best treatment possible in the bleakest of circumstances to have the chance to live.

In a lot of states they are combined with the fire departments; they are not firefighters and should not be labeled as such. They are paramedics and they are proud! They save lives each day. Please know I am not bashing or diminishing the efforts and great work of the firefighters, police and EMTs. I am just asking people not to forget the paramedics.

SANTINA MAZZA-RODGERS
Beechview


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