MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - This week in our First Responders series we meet Patrick Woodruff. Woodruff is currently a paramedic with Metro Ambulance Service.
Patrick Woodruff has been in the paramedic field for 24 years. He has spent the past five with Metro Ambulance. Woodruff says he enjoys working here in Meridian.
“I like helping people. It’s my calling. I’ve tried to do other things. I owned my own company and that didn’t work out because I went back into the medical field. I love it, I wouldn’t do anything else,” Woodruff says.
The shifts at Metro Ambulance are 24 hours at work and 48 off, so paramedics experience the differences between the day and nighttime calls.
“Whenever you come to work you can expect four maybe five hours of sleep at night. Now, we do good if we get maybe two or three. It’s just the nature of the business. Some nights you might not sleep at all and others you might sleep all day,” Woodruff says.
Woodruff is a Field Preceptor. When students come in he is one of the people they ride with to learn what exactly goes on and to receive training. Although Woodruff says he is in love with working in this field, he says it can be hard at times.
“We have people we pick up on a regular basis day in and day out and it’s a low whenever those people pass away or there is something wrong with them we can’t fix,” Woodruff says.
Woodruff says his wife is also in the medical field and his children are also heading that way.
“I tell them, ‘hey, if that’s what you want to do, then get in the books and let’s do it. Let’s go,” Woodruff says. “We genuinely care. That’s why we do what we do. We genuinely care for what we’re going,”