I ran across a Medic I had worked with for awhile about ten years ago. I hadn't seen or heard from him in quite some time. Tonight he informed me that after 22 year in EMS he was finally retiring from active duty as a fulltime Paramedic. I couldn't help wondering what brought about the decision- the bullshit, low pay, crappy hours, rotten partners? So I asked and Mike said:
"Pedro, I got into EMS because I wanted to help people and I did but, I stayed in it for so long 'cause I wanted to be part of something bigger than me, I wanted a sense of belonging- well, that hasn't happened after all these years so I am out of here"