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2016 Star of Life: Michael Griffith, East Texas Medical Center EMS

04 and 2016.

2016 AAA Star of Life Michael Griffith

Michael Griffith: Paramedic
East Texas Medical Center EMS: Tyler, Texas

Michael Griffith was born March 28 1990 in Stratford, N.J. He relocated to Euless, Texas in 2005 and graduated from Euless Trinity High School in 2009. Wanting to follow in his grandfather’s footsteps, Michael enlisted in the U.S. Army as a combat medic. There, he was put through a six-week EMT class and earned national EMT certification.

Shortly after his arrival at his duty station in Fort Bliss, Texas, Michael was involved in a hiking accident where he fell over 40 feet, breaking his back, elbows, wrists and left ankle. After a year and a half of physical therapy, perseverance and determination, he was unable to meet the requirements to be released for active duty and was ultimately medically discharged.

Unsure what he wanted to do with the rest of his life, Michael followed his high school sweetheart to Kilgore, Texas, and secured employment with East Texas Medical Center EMS in 2013. In 2014, Michael enrolled in the ETMC EMS Paramedic program. After 11 months of intense training and clinicals, all while employed full time, he earned national and state certification as a paramedic in February 2015.

Michael strives to be the standard bearer for EMS. He gives 100% in all aspects of life and his chosen career. One of Michael’s strongest virtues is his desire to improve. Although he places in our strongest group of paramedics with regard to clinical ability, it is his consistent, intentional efforts to improve that separate him from others.

Michael is a compassionate person who was drawn to this field due to his caring nature. He always thinks of others first, whether that is the patient, the patient’s family members, or other first responders on the scene. Michael is willing to share his knowledge with student riders and first responders, and is able to do so in a manner that never comes across in an arrogant or negative fashion. His dedication to his profession and the ETMC EMS organization are obvious to all who are blessed to make his acquaintance.

Michael traveled a long way from New Jersey to Texas and we are pleased he decided to make the journey. Most of us will face a time in which we need emergency medical assistance. When your time comes and you look up to see Michael Griffith’s face and hear his calm, reassuring voice, you can rest easy as you are in highly capable hands.