Faces of courage: Ambulance personnel on coronavirus front lines in Pennsylvania

  • Source: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
  • Published: 05/13/2020 12:00 AM

The call comes over their radio — the patient is having trouble breathing, they need an ambulance. Then, “call the center for special patient information,” says a Westmoreland 911 dispatcher. The paramedics know it’s likely they’re heading toward the invisible threat that everyone else is trying to stay away from — the coronavirus. But for a few at Mutual Aid in Greensburg, the potential danger doesn’t faze them. “At this point, we get the information and we go,” paramedic Shawn Penzera said. “You just take the necessary precautions. We’ve done a great job so far.” Paramedics and EMTs across the state for two months have been on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic, connecting those in need of treatment with hospitals. Many say it’s all part of the job — the increased measures and gear necessary to keep themselves and patients safe amid a trying time.


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