I was walking down the hallway at the grade school today when I met up with a young girl, couldn't have been more than a third-grader. She looked at me with big eyes and asked as innocently as can be, "Do you save lives?"
I wasn't sure what she was talking about, so I said, "What?"
"Do you save lives? I saw you on the news." She eyed my pager and radio. "Do you save lives?"
I answered her honestly, "Sometimes."
No matter how well I am trained, no matter how much experience my partner has, we can't always snatch our patient back from the Grim Reaper. We are not God. A good reminder to all my friends in EMS. We do what we can and "sometimes" we save lives.