A quick trip to McDonald’s turned into an embarrassing incident for a new EMT.Danny “Galls” Noonan, a new EMT with Gemenon Township Volunteer Fire Department in rural NY, stopped for lunch with friends at a local McDonald’s when another customer standing in line collapsed. Seeing this, Noonan immediately began yelling for someone to call 911. Running from the store, he flagged down a passing police officer and directed her to the store, where she began first aid on the stricken customer, who suffered a seizure and is expected to recover fully.
Upon their arrival, one of the ambulance drivers recognized Noonan standing in the crowd, and asked him to assist them, at which time a visibly shaken Noonan began assisting them.
Noonan, who just turned 18, got his EMT card three days prior to the event, after spending 4 years as an Explorer with the local fire department. Noonan stated “In all my ride time, I never saw anything like this. We mostly went to car crashes and calls that sounded like good trauma; otherwise we sat around the station watching TV a lot. We always had the paid guys go to the medical calls. I’ve never actually seen a really sick person”.
When asked why he didn’t immediately step in to assist as an EMT, Noonan sheepishly admitted “I kind of forgot I was one”.
The police officer who assisted remarked “I didn’t realize he was an EMT. With all of the tools and gear hanging off his belt, I assumed he was putting in cable boxes for Time Warner”.