MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - Justin Allen has been working to better the community by spending his time helping others and working on an ambulance.
“It’s fun, but then it’s a job too. I’m just trying to help out,” Allen says.
Justin Allen has been in public service for several years.
“Been doing it since I was about 18-years-old at various fire departments in Kemper County,” Allen says.
He made the transition to Metro Ambulance in 2006. When he was growing up, Alan says he was somewhat interested in public service. But it wasn’t until he was involved in an accident they really considered going into the field.
“It all started whenever I had a bad accident when I was 16-years-old. I said that I was going to give back to the community,” Allen says.
With his time in ambulance services, Allen says it’s all about getting work done because there’s always something else to do.
“We are always on the go. We are so busy. We try to take naps when we can and eat when we can. We just stay on the road constantly,” Allen says.
Having been in a bad vehicle accident, Allen says he understands and can relate to what some of the patients might be going through when he’s on scene. That understanding translates to the willingness to take action at any time.
“If I see someone on the side of the road, hurt and there’s nobody around, I’m going to stop and help them,” Allen says.
Allen wants the public to know how important it is for motorists to always yield to the right when an ambulance is approaching. Seconds matter during an emergency call. He also wants people to know they are ready for those in need.
“We’re here to help. If you need help, call us. We are here to help you,” Allen says.
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