There is irony in the reality that some of the most dangerous jobs in America involve helping others. Police officers, firefighters, EMS workers, nurses and others regularly put their health on the line -- and in many cases their lives are on the line -- to help ordinary citizens in a wide variety of emergencies.
Who do we call in a medical emergency? For most people, the first inclination is to call an ambulance so that EMS workers can assess the situation, begin administering aid and get the injured or ill party to a Pittsburgh hospital as quickly as possible. Those EMTs put themselves at risk of injury every time they answer a call, however.