Do you remember who or what inspired your current career path?
As Jonathan Cano-Gomez made his way through the FDNY EMS Training Academy, he knew exactly why he chose to become an EMT. He just wished the people who inspired him knew too.
In 2014 Cano-Gomez was involved in a terrible motorcycle accident.
Cano-Gomez, who is 31 years old, shared his story with the New York City Fire Department (FDNY).
“I was on my way home on my motorcycle,” he wrote. “I don’t remember the accident because I lost consciousness. I woke up in the hospital and was in a lot of pain. The FDNY EMTs and Paramedics were the ones that kept me alive that day and got me safely to the hospital.”
The paramedics who saved his life inspired him.
“They gave me a second chance at life,” he wrote. “I was inspired to make a difference just like them.”
Shortly after the accident, Cano-Gomez was inspired to make a change in his life. He wanted to help others like the paramedics who saved his life.
During his time in the academy, Cano-Gomez expressed his interest in meeting the paramedics who saved his life.
“I was on my way home on my motorcycle. I don’t remember the accident because I lost consciousness. I woke up in the…
After sharing with his one of his instructors that he’d like to meet his heroes one day, a plan to reunite the three paramedics and Cano-Gomez was set in motion.
During Cano-Gomez’s graduation, he was called up on stage. FDNY Chief of Department James Leonard had a surprise for him.
As soon as the paramedics walked onto the stage, Cano-Gomez became emotional.
As Lt. Suchingh Singh, Roland Guirand, and Dean Russell made their way up on stage, Cano-Gomez couldn’t contain himself. He was overwhelmed.
“I got very emotional,” Cano-Gomez told the New York Daily News. “Tears came out.”
Years after the trio saved his life and unknowingly inspired him to begin a career as an EMT, he finally got to meet his heroes.
It was a special moment for everyone.
Singh, Guirand, and Russell were a little caught off guard when they learned that not only did Cano-Gomez want to meet them, but that because of their actions he chose to become an EMT.
“I had no idea that we actually made an impact in his life,” Singh said. “It’s nice to know [that] we actually made a difference.”
To make things even sweeter, Cano-Gomez was assigned to EMS Station 39 in Brownsville where Russell works.