At the neighborhood cookout or the high school reunion, the emergency responders usually get asked about their most exciting call. But it’s a tough question to answer.
Do they want to hear about the babies he delivered because labor came too fast to make it to the hospital? Or about the pets saved from a burning building? Or the one he can’t seem to forget, when he was a paramedic in Williamsport, and a freezing flash flood on Jan. 19, 1996 took the life of a man?
While there are many stories, it’s tough for Jerry to choose. Responding to a call for a water leak, a carbon monoxide alarm or a kid stuck in a high chair don’t usually make the top of the list, but they are all part of it, he says.
“Each day is different, and each event is a reminder of how important fire service is to a community,” Jerry says. “I can’t think of anything else I’d rather do.”