The winds of change…

Posted: August 26, 2011 in accident, cars, death, Firefighters, medical

… are upon us…..well….ME!

Since starting studying, I have worked operationally for 17 years in various roles. I’ve been a paramedic, a Station Officer, an Instructor and course coordinator, a Flight paramedic on helicopters and airplanes, a manager at different private ambulance services and thinking back, I’ve had the privilege of responding at high speeds on the roads in Johannesburg, free state and Durban in  a wide variety of cars.

Ford sierra , opel kadetts, mazda 6, ford telstar, ford mondeo, Toyota camry, audi A4, BMW 328, Golf GTI, Jetta TDI, Toyota RXI, RunX, Colt rodeo, Subaru WRX, Subaru Legacy….hmmm, I could go on, those are the memorable ones.

I have been the the most fortunate person saving many a childs life, seeing the joy in parents eyes when they realise their precious creation has lived through a tragedy.

I have been the unfortunate person, resuscitating countless children due to parents neglect in the form of drownings, car accidents, firearm accidents and abuse. I cant tell you how many small lifeless bodies I held in my arms, after fighting to keep them alive, with tears rolling down my cheeks.

I have delivered many a baby, in shacks, in mansions, in the open veld and inside cars.

I have broken the news to wives that their husbands of 50 years have passed on,seeing the sadness when realisation hits them that for the first time in longer than I have been alive, they are alone now.

I have witnessed the after effects of spousal and child abuse, I have comforted small children after their mommy have been killed by their abusive daddy. I have treated hundreds of gunshot victims, under constant gunfire sometimes, assaults, stabbings, burns…. I’ve seen the savagery of the human race, torture, rape, and other atrocities i’d prefer to forget.

I have responded to thousands of motor vehicle accidents, cut up countless cars,







                                                                                                      witnessed the luckiest people surviving spectacular crashes

                                                                                                                                            seen cars in trees

                                                                                                                            cars in precarious positions

                                                                                                                                      Truck accidents

                                                                                                                       rubbish trucks rolling into gardens

                                                                                                                                Bus and train accidents

                                                                                                           mountain rescues (I even broke my wrist on this one)

                                                                                                                                      even ship rescues

Basically, I have seen every atrocity, experienced sadness and grief, witnessed the worst you can imagine…..


I have been the most fortunate person around. I have been in a profession that values life, working alongside heroes, men and women who dedicate their lives, their family time to help others, regardless of the pain they experience. And now, its time to hand over the reigns to the younger generation.

its time for me to pack my jumpbag away, hang up the rescue jacket.

I salute all the paramedics, Firefighters, Police officers, and all those involved in the Emergency Services still out there. You guys are doing a fabulous, rewarding job (even though it doesn’t feel like it).

  1. Nicholas Holt says:

    Carl…….. it has been a long road since we qualified all those years ago. I wish you God speed on this new chapter, may you be as committed and succesfull as you were as a paramedic.

  2. Richard Hill says:

    Awesome Carl…. amazing words to describe such a successful career in EMS. May your future endevours be as rewarding and never forget to enjoy life.

  3. darren foiret says:

    My friend the time has come to hang up that stethoscope. You have had a long and illustrious carer.

    I have had the honour of not only being your friend but a college working along side you. You were always a mentor to the new ones and always there to give good , sound, clinical advice. The EMS is losing one of the finest paramedics in the service.
    Good luck in your new venture , I am sure you will make a success of it as you have with your operational time on the road.

  4. Love you lots and lots x x x x .. so very very proud of you x x x Mwah

  5. Dad says:

    What an amazing story of your life as a paramedic. I am sure every single person you have helped will remember you for the rest of their lives. You had a calling, and you have more than fullfilled that calling. The service you are leaving will forever be the better for having you being you as part of the team. Your Mom & I are so very very proud of all you have achieved and for all the help you have given to so many people over the years. And now a new exciting chapter of your life dawns. I know you make a huge success of this opportunity. God bless you my boy. Dad

  6. Victoria Leeson says:

    No more Delta Romeo or Charlie Romeo at halfway house?
    Delta romeo is signing off… charlie romeo … out…. xxx

  7. Jenty says:

    We’re all extremely proud of you Carl, and wish you all the very best with your new adventure

  8. Elaine says:

    Carlie – I am so so so proud of you! I really hope that this new job brings you all the success that you deserve!
    Love you lots

  9. […] It felt like a dream going through the posts of Keanu, Brandon and countless others in my “medical, death and accident” categories. The rants I had on child safety after treating countless broken little boys and girls, the emotional posts of terrible cases and the horrors that humans do to each other, and trying to sum it all up in my last post as an operational paramedic […]

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