Henning man helps fill need for rural paramedics
Earlier in life, Chris Hammer of Henning had worked as an emergency services technician on an ambulance. He enjoyed it, but then left to work for his dad’s commercial building construction business in Henning.
Nowadays, the 41-year-old husband and father is not only back on an ambulance, but he’s the top dog there, having become one of rural Minnesota’s newest paramedics.
“I just always enjoyed that and had a passion for it,” said Hammer. “I just like being out in the community helping people when they have an emergency and being on the scene and helping them in what might be their darkest hour.”
After more than 2000 hours of studying cardiology, pulmonology, pharmacology and more, he graduated top of his class with a two-year degree from North Dakota State College of Sciences. The degree has given him the ability to read and interpret EKGs, to determine whether a patient has suffered a heart attack and, if so, where in the heart the attack happened. He can administer many different drugs, including those for pain and for heart trouble.
His supervisor, Allen Smith EMS Manager at Tri-County Health Care in Wadena, said Hammer fills a much-needed opening on their staff.
There’s a well-known “Paramedic Paradox,” he said, in that the farther away a patient lives from a hospital, the more likely he is to need the higher-level skills of a paramedic, yet the less likely it is that a paramedic will be available. read entire story. . . .