Lucy Cordes and Gregory Konzem have been paramedics
in La Crosse a long time.
4- Lucy: Greg started in 1972?
Greg: Memorial Day of 1977
Lucy: And I started in August of 1989
Before coming to La Crosse.
Lucy had 10 years experience as a paramedic in other
parts of Minnesota and Wisconsin.
Meaning together these two have almost 80 years of
NATS: 5- Lucy: The job really is geared more towards
a younger person, but some people manage to stay in
the field for a lot longer
The duo says a lot has changed since they started.
Lucy: 1- When I started here a lot of the epuipment
that we use like the stretchers were all manual, there
was a lot of lifting, two, three or fours lifts per
patient, now we have power cots, which kind of reduce
that amount of lifting
Greg: 1- The technology that's come about that's allowed
us to do, I think, more things for the patient in
the field and on the way to the hospital, which can
speed up their care when we get there
Something that hasn't changed.
is the dedication to learning
At least once a month each paramedic is taking a class
to learn something new.
or brush up on their skills.
Lucy: 9- Every two years, each EMT and Paramedic needs
to go through a refresher if they're going to continue
on here to maintain their national registery certification
and their licensure through the state of Wisconsin
and state of Minnesota
But through it all.
even after all these years.
they both still love what they do.
Greg: 2- There are time when you see a positive outcome,
by that, something we did changed or prevented some
further degredation of the patient, and that makes
it worth while
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