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Guss – A Life Saver

And that life would be mine.

I met Guss 30 years ago on December 7th. We didn’t plan the meeting (of course), but the stars aligned and  he just happened to be the magnificent paramedic who showed up on the scene when I was in an automobile accident.

Guss had a sixth sense that day, and he insisted that they didn’t leave the site of the crash when he saw one loan boot and no child to go with it. He searched the roadside, and low and behold he found me in the ditch.

Without Paul and Guss and their rule breaking, boundary pushing, smart and experienced ways, I wouldn’t be here today. Guss and Paul were infamous for “having” special pieces of equipment that most ambulances didn’t carry. They had IVs and compression pants on me before I reached the doors of the hospital. Guss told us that they were questioned about how they had all of this life saving equipment already going before getting to the hospital, and my guess is that Guss didn’t say much, but just smiled at them in return.

I have been so fortunate to have Guss in my life ever since that fateful day.

This year when he came to visit at the end of February, I was able to spend an entire afternoon with him He sat at my counter chatting and telling wonderful stories as I prepared dinner and wrangled my 3 year old. His visit filled my heart in so many ways.

Thank you Guss, (you know I can never thank you enough) but I will always continue to thank you and let you know how grateful I am to have you in my life. You are a real life hero.


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And I had to include this hilarious shot. My girls disappeared at the end of dinner and then came back in, in their best Guss impression.  We all roared with laughter!


2 Comments Post a comment
  1. Here’s to Gus & his heroic work & to all the other unsung Gus out there. So glad he found you friend!!!

    April 29, 2015
  2. rolsen #

    Thank you so much Tricia!

    April 30, 2015

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