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Friday Clickbait, Sept. 14

Welcome to EMS World’s newest online feature, Friday Clickbait. What got people’s attention online this week?

Facebook—Most Commented Post

EMS World’s Facebook content this week included coverage of Hurricane Florence and updates from the Pennsylvania EMS Memorial Bike Ride. The most popular post, however, concerned a pair of managers at a Massachusetts service who allegedly received paramedic certifications without fulfilling all the required training (Sept. 9).  

The week’s most righteous comment came in response to those allegations.

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Twitter—Most Popular Tweet

A pair of somber tweets led Twitter engagement this week—one from and one adjacent to the Pennsylvania EMS Memorial Bike Ride:

The reading of the names of fallen Pennsylvania EMS providers at the state capitol; and

names of fallen


Steve Berry’s reaction (and a previously unseen artwork) following the suicide of Maine firefighter-EMT Isaac Greenlaw.  

Berry tweet


Video of the Week 

On that important subject: For this week’s Video of the Week, go to our #LipSyncChallenge page and view the winner: “Lean On Me,” performed by Scranton’s Emergency Medical Services of Northeastern Pennsylvania (NEPA EMS). NEPA got more than 2,400 votes for a comfortable victory; the runner-up was South Carolina’s Piedmont Medical Center EMS. 

For their win NEPA’s members will receive complimentary passes to EMS World Expo 2019, October 14–18 in New Orleans. Be sure to check out the other videos too, and thanks to all who participated and voted. 

‘Who’s a Good Boy?’ of the Week

Life is better with doggos: AMR is now offering professionally trained therapy dogs for stressed or troubled personnel—because who doesn’t love playing with a happy dog? “Comfort dogs have shown time and again how they can drastically relieve the stress of burnt-out providers,” write the company’s Lauren Christie and Robert Saunders. 

The project was inspired by the use of dogs to comfort families and responders after the 2016 Pulse nightclub shooting, and they proved valuable again following the 2017 Route 91 Harvest festival massacre in Las Vegas. “Some of the people who wouldn’t really open up to the CISM team started opening up as they were petting the dog,” reports Saunders. 

For information or assistance from the AMR therapy dog team, e-mail or 

What Were You Thinking?

Florida man steals ambulance: Michael Paul…

Michael Paul


…had just gotten out of the hospital and needed a ride. A convenient one—an ambulance—sat unattended and running outside North Broward Medical Center. A match made in heaven, except for the GPS tracker inside, which helped police quickly apprehend Paul and reclaim the stolen vehicle. 

Paul was charged with grand theft auto, driving without a license, and violating a learner’s permit. 

Top Articles on (Sept. 2–8)

NIH Study Shows Laryngeal Tubes More Effective Than Intubation

Bringing Them Home: U.S. Air Force Aeromedical Evacuation  

Georgia Tech Students Make the BVM Safer  

Other Fun Stuff 

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Stay safe and have a good week!


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