In commemoration of EMS Week, EMS World heard from crews and providers across the country about noteworthy events and selfless practitioners worthy of special recognition. Throughout the week we will publish these stories celebrating the remarkable faces of EMS and how they're making a difference on medicine's "front lines."
Anthony Anselmo grew up in a military family and always did everything he could to help people. After a childhood in the Boy Scouts and stint in the Navy, he was working as a welder/fabricator when a friend started volunteering with the fire department in another Idaho town. His interest piqued, Anthony joined the next probie class. Not knowing much about fire/EMS, he went to every class and training and found the work was in his blood.
After a year and a half, though, the department shut down. Anthony didn’t know what to do, but he knew what he wanted: He moved home and eventually contacted a local department. They said they didn’t need him. Discouraged, he tried another and this time was welcomed with open arms. Two trainings later he received his radio and gear, and the next day he responded to his first structure fire. Anthony continued to advance in his new department, progressing to fire instructor and achieving the rank of lieutenant, then captain. He is also an EMT.
Over the years Anthony has continued to train, gain knowledge, and improve his skills and service. “He always wants to be the best,” says Dave Hansen, who nominated him, “and know everything he can so he can help others, save lives, and train others to do the same in their careers. He has dedicated his life to being a firefighter-EMT.”