Friday, October 26, 2007

A new EMTs first week on the job

Posted @ 11:07 AM


Kate Leidiger's first week on the job certainly as been more eventful than expected. The 20-year-old Del Cerro resident was a brand new EMT with Rural Metro when the fires broke out.

Her first day on the job, she worked the frontline for more than 30 hours. But the grueling job wasn't without a few perks.

Within the first 18 hours of her shift, she had the chance to shake hands with Gov. Schwarzenegger. The next day, she met President Bush, who tucked her under his arm in an embrace.

At one point Kate; her mother, Judi Leidiger of Del Cerro, and Grandma Donna, who was visiting from Minnesota, were all down at Qualcomm Stadium to give blood.

Because her daughter is too busy right now, Judi phoned the Union-Tribune, in search of photos of Kate with the new dignitaries. Mom is so proud of her daughter, but not surprisingly, worried, too.

Judi, the advertising director of the Journal of Emergency Medical Services, is very concerned that Kate and the firefighters could end up with permanent neurologic damage from carbon monoxide poisoning from the fire. She hopes they'll all take time out from their duties to get the necessary oxygen treatments.

Judi knows all about the health issues of fighting fires. The upcoming Decemeber issue of her magazine has a story entitled, "Lethal Exposure II."

- Marsha Kay Seff, staff writer

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Good Job Katie

As a mother & mother-in law of a pair of parimedic's I know how proud your mother is of you. An as usual her concerns. Remember to take time for yourself and your family. Those of us who know what you do for others are so grateful.

Take Care,
Earleta Morey
(Sister of Candace Spence

Anonymous said...

Good Job Katie

As a mother & mother-in law of a pair of parimedic's I know how proud your mother is of you. An as usual her concerns. Remember to take time for yourself and your family. Those of us who know what you do for others are so grateful.

Take Care,
Earleta Morey
(Sister of Candace Spence

Anonymous said...

Raised right by a great MOM
The apple did not fall far from the tree.

Great Job! JC

Anonymous said...

Emergency services is an illness that has no cure, she just has to let it run its course. Fortunately the only symptoms are sore muscles from hard work, a full heart from helping others and an empty wallet.

Good luck, Kate!

Anonymous said...

I will keep Her in my prayers for God to protect Her always and may she has a long live doing what She likes, and being an angel for a lot of people as all they (paramedics and all ) are.
Tina

Anonymous said...

Good for Kate- she should be proud

Dave said...

Congrats on you new job Kate... I'm sure you'll never forget your first week on the job.