The Magnet Tribune

Paramedic finds many challenges in helping people

Israel+Garza+is+a+paramedic+who+loves+helping+people.+
Back to Article
Back to Article

Paramedic finds many challenges in helping people

Israel Garza is a paramedic who loves helping people.

Israel Garza is a paramedic who loves helping people.

The Magnet Tribune: Eva Montiel

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

Hang on for a minute...we're trying to find some more stories you might like.


Email This Story






Print Friendly, PDF & Email

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.

 

About the Contributor
Leave a Comment

The Magnet Tribune intends for this area to be used to foster healthy, thought-provoking discussion. Comments are expected to adhere to our standards and to be respectful and constructive. As such, we do not permit the use of profanity, foul language, personal attacks, or the use of language that might be interpreted as libelous. Comments are reviewed and must be approved by a moderator to ensure that they meet these standards. The Magnet Tribune does not allow anonymous comments, and requires a valid email address. The email address will not be displayed but will be used to confirm your comments.

If you want a picture to show with your comment, go get a gravatar.




Navigate Left
  • Paramedic finds many challenges in helping people

    Features

    EMT finds her nurse studies very challenging

  • Audio

    Two athletes discuss The San Antionio Spurs (podcast)

  • Audio

    Would you rather…discussing random things (podcast)

  • Paramedic finds many challenges in helping people

    Features

    Festive decorations give library a holiday feel

  • Paramedic finds many challenges in helping people

    Features

    Senior sees her own media piece at Times Square

  • Paramedic finds many challenges in helping people

    Features

    Close-friends vs. best-friends: What’s the difference?

  • Paramedic finds many challenges in helping people

    Features

    Local musicians share thoughts on music, fan base, and community

  • Paramedic finds many challenges in helping people

    Features

    Variety marks Instagram’s mood board community

  • Paramedic finds many challenges in helping people

    Features

    Band members disclose why marching band is special

  • Paramedic finds many challenges in helping people

    Features

    Woman strived to be successful and so she is

Navigate Right

Hang on for a minute...we're trying to find some more stories you might like.


Email This Story






A state- and nationally recognized student newspaper
Paramedic finds many challenges in helping people