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Paramedic: Job brought me to tears for first time in 17 years

New York Fire Department EMS Lieutenant-Paramedic Anthony Almojera describes the emotional toll of responding to emergency calls caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Click the link to watch video: https://www.cnn.com/videos/health/2020/03/30/new-york-paramedic-coronavirus-covid-19-emotions-nr-vpx.cnn

You had to witness something that brought you to tears for the first time in your 17 years, and you've seen alot.  "Yeah, all Paramedics and EMTs , not only in NYC, but nationwide.  It is such an unheralded service.   Which hopefully after all this will change.  Yes I have seen alot." Said Anthony Almojera.  

"When people pass away, the grief component has to transfer.  So we go over to the patient's families,  and we put our arms around them, we comfort them."  "This time around I had to keep distance, and I watched this mans's grief come over him his anger, his sadness."  

"We tried to comfort him from a distance."  "It didn't allow me, or the crew, the capability to console the living like we do. So for the first time in my 17 year career, I went back inside my truck, and I cried." 

Lieutenant Anthony Almojera is a 17 year veteran of the Emergency Medical Service, FDNY.  He is also the Vice President of the Uniformed EMS Officers Union, Local 3621

Anthony Almojera @AnthonyAlmojera

https://twitter.com/anthonyalmojera?lang=en

Poppy Harlow @poppyharlowcnn

https://www.cnn.com/profiles/poppy-harlow-profile 

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