I am an EMT for the New York City Fire Department (FDNY). Emergencies are part of my daily routine. I never really expected that I would be the subject of an emergency. I was mistaken.
I left home at 5:30 am to ride a familiar path. Always safety conscious, I wore the right clothing and equipment for a safe ride. The only thing I was missing was identification with vital medical information and emergency contacts.
Somewhere, somehow I had a cycling accident. The accident was severe enough to leave me wandering aimlessly through my neighborhood. My sunglasses were shattered, my helmet cracked and blood was running down the back of my head.
Luckily, a neighbor recognized me and took me home. At that moment, I fell unconscious. An ambulance was called and my wife was able to provide details about my medical history that the doctors vitally needed.
I have recovered from that accident with no long-term complications. I still enjoy cycling and follow all safety precautions. We all need to take ID seriously and never go out without it.
- Saul .P from Bronx, NY