I had just made it to the end of my 30-day camping trip when I started hearing the ominous sound of my engine revving.
The engine sounded as if it were on fire.
I was driving home from a night at the resort on Lake Ontario, about an hour south of Toronto.
Suddenly, the engine died, and I lost control of the vehicle.
My eyes rolled back in my head and I couldn’t see.
I got out of the car, grabbed the emergency kit from my bag and tried to calm myself.
A paramedic helped me get my bearings and I told him my story.
The paramedics, I’m sure, have been waiting to hear about this story for months.
They’re used to hearing stories like mine.
This is the story of a paramedic who was at the scene of a fatal car crash in Toronto last year.
(David McNew/CBC)”It’s kind of hard to say what’s the worst thing that could have happened,” said paramedic Daniel Neely, a paramedical supervisor with Toronto EMS.
“You never know what might have happened in this situation.
I think it was a combination of the fact that I was in a high-risk situation and the fact I was wearing an oxygen mask, and that I had taken a lot of medication.
The combination of these things, combined with being in a car, put a lot more stress on the heart than you’d think.”
He added that it’s not uncommon for a person to have to be taken to the hospital after being struck by a car.
The Ontario Highway Traffic Act requires drivers to wear a helmet when they’re driving and it’s against the law to drive under the influence.
That law also includes driving in the same lane when you’re not wearing a helmet.
Neely said that during his 30-plus years working as a paramedick, he’s never seen anyone get in trouble for a broken car window.
“It’s a very serious situation, but not a lot else, and it really doesn’t affect me,” he said.
“I’ve had to do some pretty heavy duty stuff in the last year and a half, and this is a one-off.
I didn’nt even know that was going to happen.”
After the incident, Neely was in the process of completing a two-week training program at the Ontario Society for Community Safety (OSCHS) to prepare for his future in the field.
Noodle says he wanted to learn from the best and the brightest.
“My biggest takeaway from it was the importance of being patient and understanding that sometimes you can get out of control,” he explained.
“In this situation, you can’t just jump out of your car and run away from it.
You need to listen to what is happening around you and keep an eye on yourself.”
After Neely completed his training, he took his course online, and has since graduated to working as an emergency physician.
He said he has no regrets about his decision to take on the challenge of saving the lives of others.
“That’s what I really want to do,” he admitted.
“When you see a car and you see somebody in a coma, and they’re on life support, you need to be there.
That’s my dream.
I want to be able to save somebody’s life.”
He has also worked to get his students on the road and trained at the Toronto Paramedic School, where he said he was one of only two paramedics in the world to earn his diploma in emergency medicine.
“People are very concerned about the quality of life when you have an accident,” he noted.
“They don’t want to think that you’re just there to be a caregiver.”
But there are also a lot people out there that need the support of a trained paramedic, Noodle said.
The public is very protective of their paramedic and he says that when people don’t know what to do when they get in an accident, they need to call 911.
He says it’s important to recognize that if you are injured and need medical help, the first thing you should do is ask for help.
“If you see someone on the ground with a head injury, the safest thing to do is get the ambulance and get them to hospital as quickly as possible,” he added.
“And if you see something and you don’t feel safe, the next best thing to doing is call 911.”