“Every day I try to put my best foot forward, and provide the best care that I can with each patient that I interact with during my tour,” said Station 55 Probationary EMT Imani Gonzalez, who is also a Lance Corporal in the United States Marine Corps. “Joining the Marines three years ago was challenging, but similar to the EMS Academy. The discipline and attention to detail needed in the military prepared me very well for what was asked of me in the academy and what is asked of me every day at work.”
Gonzalez, who is of Guyanese and Panamanian descent, is also the son of Station 14 Paramedic Enrique Gonzalez.
“My dad and I always talked about giving back to the community and we both agreed that working in this Department would be a great career for me,” he added. “I grew up listening to stories of my parents and our families moving to New York City and it influenced me to give back to the people from this city who come from similar backgrounds. This job is what you make it. If this is what you see yourself doing, take full advantage of the resources that are given to you and use the knowledge and skills you’ve developed to give back to the community in a positive way.“
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