Distance CME sponsors rider in 2011 National EMS Memorial Bike Ride in memory of WWII Combat Medic Veteran Arthur T. Conroy.
Washington, D.C. April 5, 2011: Patrick Conroy is a remote site paramedic for an oil and natural gas drilling company in the mountains of Colorado. Pat was a student in the Distance CME live online 48 hour paramedic refresher course, which he applied toward his National Registry recertification this past March 31st. After one of the classes, Pat mentioned to the Distance CME instructor that he was going to be riding in the Boston to D.C. National EMS Memorial Bike Ride from May 14th-21st, 2011.
The first part of the story that caught Distance CME’s attention was that Pat would be riding in memory of his father, Sergeant Arthur T. Conroy, who was a combat medic during World War II. Pat said, “I think he suffered from PTSD before anyone knew exactly what it was.” The second part of the story that is amazing is that Pat will soon be 65 years old. He may in fact be the most seasoned rider in the upcoming event. The folks at Distance CME were so impressed with Pat and his story that they decided to help him raise money in memory of his father.
Pat was asked to contribute a short biography to add to this press release. This is what he submitted:
I was wondering what to do with the free time I had as a result of completing my paramedic refresher course online with Distance CME. How about a bike ride? After all, I saved myself from driving to another state and sitting in a classroom for 6 days of 8 hours a day of lectures. I live in Florida, and since they are not a National Registry state no one offered any refresher courses that I could find. How about riding the National EMS Memorial ride? Never heard of it? This year it runs from Boston to D.C. and covers about 500 miles. The event takes place between May 14th and 21st, and I will be riding the Kentucky to D.C. leg of the journey. So what? Well, let me give you a little bit of my background. After getting out of high school and not wanting to be drafted (Yes I am that old), I joined the Navy and became a submarine sailor. I left the Navy, and since Xerox was an up and coming company, I joined them for the next 13 years. Next, I was offered a senior management position at a small electronics company and was doing well until it got bought out by a large corporation. Luckily, I was serving as a volunteer firefighter/EMT at that time, and the mayor of the city asked if I would be interested in enrolling in paramedic school. I said yes and one month after I finished school, I took the test and scored well enough to get hired as a medic. I retired from the fire department and wondered what to do next. Finally, I took a job as a remote paramedic on an oil rig in Colorado. Well, my 65th birthday is coming up on May 11th, and I could not think of a better thing to do than to go for a bicycle ride in honor the fallen EMS worker. I am riding for all the armed services medics that gave up their well-being and/or their lives to save their fellow solider. Who will join me?
The ride is also trying to bring attention to a proposed federal law that would provide a death benefit to EMS workers who die in the line of duty. Read more about that here http://muddyangels.org/?p=925 .
Distance CME will be meeting Pat at the finish line in D.C. on May 21stto celebrate with him. Distance CME would like to invite the EMS community to join them in this celebration. Please logon to the ride’s website and donate in the name of Sergeant Arthur T Conroy.