Karr Mullen, front, and Christopher Faherty at a reunion of former Little Silver EMS Cadets on Saturday. Below, Elizabeth Giblin. (Photos by Connor Soltas. Click to enlarge)
By CONNOR SOLTAS
That Little Silver’s EMS Cadets, the town’s squad of teenaged paramedics-in-training, can manage being on-call 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for an an unpaid lifesaving job might paint them as miracle-workers at a time when free time is scarce as ever and seemingly everyone needs extra cash.
And they are, no doubt, to those whose lives they save.
Yet if you ask the cadet program’s graduates, some of them 10 years older than when they began, there’s more to their story than the boilerplate tale of altruism.
Cadet camaraderie, they say, is what compelled them to stick with such a demanding schedule.
“There’s a special connection you make with others that you can’t understand until someone’s, like, dying in front of you,” said 2004 cadet Elizabeth Giblin, who this year became the EMS squad’s second-in-command, as first lieutenant.
The experience transformed the lives of many cadet corps alums, locals who joined in high school some of whom continue to be involved with EMS work. To get the full scoop, redbankgreen dropped by the home of Kim Ambrose, of Little Silver’s EMS department, for a reunion of former cadets celebrating the corps’ tenth anniversary Saturday.