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Israel Garza is a paramedic who loves helping people.

Israel Garza is a paramedic who loves helping people.

The Magnet Tribune: Eva Montiel

The Magnet Tribune: Eva Montiel

Israel Garza is a paramedic who loves helping people.

Eva Montiel, Staff Writer

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A Laredo paramedic says much of his job involves helping people, something that he loves.

“(It’s) not only about having the chance to meet a lot of people from different races and cultures, but also the opportunity that is given to me to help out the people that are in need,” Israel Garza, EMT for BonzeStar Ambulance Service, said.

Garza explained what a regular day is for him.

“A regular day for me when I’m not working I would be attending school early in the morning until 4:30 p.m. After that I attend church at 6:30 p.m. until 7:30 throughout the week. At the end, I work on any homework pending I may have,” he said.

Garza points out the many thoughts that come up during an emergency call.

Apart from my family members, which include my mom and my beautiful wife that always support me in everything, I also find support in a man named Naasón Joaquín Garcia (church leader).”

— Israel Garza

“Besides every thought that comes up in my head, the majority of the time I always think first in what could be the situation the patient is having and think of a possible solution to help that patient out,” he said.

Garza described one out of many challenges he has faced throughout his career.

“Lately, I’ve been facing many challenges with this profession as a paramedic. One out of all the many, is seeing people but mostly kids fighting for their lives as well as many accidents happening around the community. All that is left is for me to build up in myself courage so that way I can be able to help as many people as possible,” Garza stated.

He expressed the emotions he experiences by watching a patient fighting for his/her life.

“Emotions such as fear and indignation run through my head during a hard situation but even through all that I have to remain calm that way I can treat the patient to the best of my ability,” Garza said.

Garza mentioned what he felt when seeing a person die in front of his eyes.

“Seeing that tragic moment for somebody or even as an individual, it’s one of the reasons that makes me stop and realize how truly and important life is. It makes me want to live every single day the best I can because we never know when your last days could been,” he said.

The paramedic explained how he recovers after a tragedy has happened.

“Well for me, unlike other people that rely on different mechanisms such as music, art, and other activities, I’m able to cope by coming to church and hear the word of God,” Garza said.

He mentioned how he believes that ever since he was young he was destined to be a paramedic.

“Yes! Ever since I was little, I wanted to have the ability and skills to help people out, and becoming a paramedic has helped me achieve that,” Garza responded.

Garza emphasized who has been his inspiration to pursue his career.

(It’s) not only about having the chance to meet a lot of people from different races and cultures, but also the opportunity that is given to me to help out the people that are in need.”

— Israel Garza

“Apart from my family members, which include my mom and my beautiful wife that always support me in everything, I also find support in a man named Naasón Joaquín Garcia (church leader). He inspires me to always become better not only in a spiritual way but also in an aspect of citizenship,” Garza added.

He explained what his plans for the future are.

“My future plans are currently to get my firefighter certification to be able to work with the city of Laredo. Also, as time progresses I am planning to get my bachelor’s degree as a RN, (registered nurse), and ultimately become a nurse practicioner which is a master’s degree in nursing,” Garza said.

Garza advises aspiring paramedics how to have a successful career.

“That even though this career can be very long, sometimes painful and exhausting, at the end it’s all worth it because you go home knowing you made a difference in someone’s life,” Garza said.

 

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