is an EMT in College?
Neal Hayhurst '21
Compared to responding to someone who has been critically injured in a car wreck, a person who has fallen in his or home might seem like an easier situation to deal with. However, that’s not how the EMTs who respond see it, as Neal Hayhurst learned during his time volunteering with the Crawfordsville Fire Department. “The patient might be a man bleeding and in pain in the road, a man seizing in his car, or a lady who has fallen in her bathroom — these are all situations I encountered this summer. We see each and every patient as deserving of our best work and our best effort to get them to the same endpoint.” Neal is a biochemistry major and a member of the Wabash College football team. Through the Global Health Initiative, which covered his housing costs over the summer, he worked 100 hours in eight shifts as a volunteer EMT. He had many of the responsibilities as paid EMT at the fire department: taking blood pressure, setting up EKG stickers, applying oxygen, and preparing IVs. “Interacting with patients and learning how to connect with them and earn their trust was the most beneficial part of the whole experience for me as an aspiring physician. Being a student at Wabash, it can be easy to forget that we are part of a community bigger than Wabash, and I was able to serve that community.”
That’s a Wabash man for you. Seriously.