EMT’s Daughter Writes Poignant Letter to Santa

 

 
 
 

A.J. Heightman, MPA, EMT-P | From the December 2012 Issue | Wednesday, December 12, 2012


My name is Kylie, and I’m from New Jersey. I’m only 6 years old. My mom helped me write this letter to you because I couldn’t spell all the words. I’m writing this on my mom’s laptop from Grammy’s house because our house got washed away during the bad storm in November. I cried a lot, but Mom said it would be all right since we have each other and Grammy loves having me around.

I was really worried that you’d get confused trying to find me at Christmas when you tried to deliver my presents, especially since you won’t be able to find my house or even my street because the storm washed away all our street signs.

My dad is a volunteer EMT. He dresses in funny clothes and wears a cape like Batman. Mom says it’s a reflective vest so that people driving their cars can see him, especially at night when he’s standing on a road near his ambulance. I sure hope they do because he’s the only dad I have.

He used to call his boss “Scrooge” because he would get mad at Dad for being late to work if he got stuck on a call. But when the storm came, Mom called his boss an “angel” because he told Dad to stay home to go on EMS calls. It’s funny how people can be mean one minute and then so nice the next. In case you’re wondering, I am never mean and I help Mom around the house all the time.

We didn’t see Dad much for a week after the storm because he was needed all over the state. Even though we lost our house and I missed him lots, Mom said he was “dedicated to the mission” and we should be grateful that he was. I don’t know what “dedicated to the mission” means, but, if Mom says it, it’s a good thing.

He had a hard time getting around because even he couldn’t get gasoline … and he’s an EMT! Mom says someone at the federal government was “asleep at the switch” because they didn’t have gas, clothes, portable power machines or even a bed for my dad to take a nap on for a whole week after the storm hit! I don’t know what “asleep at the switch means,” but I do know they better not do it again or my Mom says she’ll “give them a piece of her mind.” She talks so funny sometimes.

Last Saturday was special because we all went to a snow-covered field to pick out a big, beautiful Christmas tree. Dad chopped it down and we all dragged it to our car. Grammy helped but had to stop and squirt her little pump in her mouth a few times because she said she was “out of breath.”

I thought everything was OK until later that night, when I was getting ready for bed and heard Mom yell for Dad to call an ambulance because Grammy was breathing funny.

Then a police officer knocked and ran in our front door. That was another scary moment for me because I thought Grammy had done something wrong. Mom later told me that policemen also help take care of sick people—not just bad people.

The policeman brought a little box up to Grammy’s room and helped Dad put it on her. It started talking and told them to “stand clear.” When I heard it say that, I ran out into the hall. Just then, my dad’s friends from the ambulance squad and hospital paramedic unit came running into the house with lots of stuff in their hands. Pete, my dad’s best friend, told me, “Don’t worry. We’re going to help your grandmother.” That made me feel better because I knew they wouldn’t tell me a lie.

As I stood at the top of the stairs, I heard a big fire truck pull up. Two of the firemen brought in the ambulance stretcher, and two others shoveled a path through the snow for them to carry Grammy through.

It’s funny, but the jingle of chains on their tires made me think of you and your sled, and all the people running around with boxes, shoveling snow and helping Grammy reminded me of all your elves working together to make Christmas a success.

Then, as they carried Grammy down the steps with a funny mask on her face, she lifted it up, smiled and said, “Don’t worry Kylie. I’ll be home for Christmas.”

Santa, I lost a lot this year. But having my Grammy saved by the EMS, police and fire people was better than any present I ever received. So, don’t worry if you can’t find me or bring me a present this year. I already received it. 




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Related Topics: Administration and Leadership, Leadership and Professionalism, superstorm, New Jersey recovery, hurricane sandy, Frankenstorm, Jems From the Editor

 
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A.J. Heightman, MPA, EMT-P

JEMS Editor-in-Chief A.J. Heightman, MPA, EMT-P, has a background as an EMS director and EMS operations director. He specializes in MCI management.

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