New Jersey: A love of helping others led to the loves of their lives

  • Source: Mercer Me
  • Published: 02/12/2021 12:00 AM

Together, they have fought fires, cut back metal to extricate accident victims from cars, taken turns compressing the chest of someone whose heart isn't beating and, since last fall, warmed baby bottles and changed diapers. A shared love of helping their neighbors led Hopewell Volunteer Firefighters Jim and Annie Ferry to fall in love with each other. Jim was first to be smitten with emergency service. In 2003 his grandmother suffered a massive heart attack. Her town's volunteer EMTs responded and revived her. "I was blown away," said Jim. "I thought, how is this possible, and what is this world of emergency medicine that I know nothing about?" The next year, he volunteered in Plainsboro, where he lived at the time. "I got hooked on having the ability to help people in some of the worst times in their lives," he said. He used his the skills he learned to switch careers, becoming a paid Princeton EMT, and later persued more training and became a volunteer firefighter as well.


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