Who is Joe Riffe?
Until recently, Joe Riffe was living a similar life to most of us in EMS. He worked as a paramedic and enjoyed his line of work. He was engaged and looking forward to getting married. He enjoyed the outdoors and was a very active person on his days off. That all changed literally in a matter of seconds. A terrible incident left him initially fighting for his life, but in the long term he faces a much bigger fight than he ever imagined.
There is simply no way that I can tell his story with any justice, so I urge you to visit his blog and start reading from the first post. It’s a very inspiring story that has honestly changed a lot of my outlook on life. I have realized all the simple, yet important things that I take for granted every day.
Many people – hell maybe most people – in this world would give up and probably never work another day in their life if they were ever placed in Joe’s position. It would turn into an excuse, rather than a challenge. So needless to say, it absolutely warms my heart to see such a dedicated person take on such a difficult challenge with as much determination as Joe has.
Here is a preview of Joe’s bio:
Howdy, I’m Joe Riffe, hopefully soon to be known as the Prosthetic Medic. I am starting this blog to chronicle my journey from a bipedal to unipedal and the struggle to prove that even on one leg I can still be a great paramedic.
Do yourself a favor and follow his story. It’s one that all of us in EMS need to read and follow. This could easily happen to any of us and it’s so important for us to realize that accidents like this don’t have to keep us down.
I’ll be placing a donate button on my blog. It’s the least I can do to help a fellow paramedic fight this battle and get back to the job that he loves. If you can drop him a little something, that would be great. It’s perfectly understandable if you can’t, but what you can do is spread the word. Let his story be heard.