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The last time I saw Bob was at his office:
A wire-caged area in a massive garage, with a
desk piled to the ceiling with manuals, specs
and other crap. This was Bob’s special operations garage—his pride and joy.
While I was there, I noticed an armored
police vehicle parked near his office.
An EMS supervisor had previously suggested that I egg him on and ask what an
armored police vehicle—dedicated to retrieving injured officers and other victims—was
doing in his garage.
Bob reportedly called and told them to
“get the effin’ police vehicle” out of his EMS
garage because it wasn’t a rescue vehicle. They
moved it that day.
When Bob came into work the next day,
the massive vehicle was there again—in the
exact same spot—only now it had the word
“RESCUE” lettered on each front fender.
I walked into Bob’s office and asked him
what an armored police vehicle was doing
parked in his garage. As anticipated, it set
him off on a tirade peppered with words that
could make your ears melt.
A FAMILY MAN & A GOOD FRIEND
Bob’s devotion to his family was legendary.
Whenever you saw him at special events in
Boston, you also saw his three children right
at his side.
A family man first, Bob loved to brag about
his kids, whether it was about his daughters’
dancing, or his son’s dream of joining Boston EMS, or how proud he was when his son
graduated from the Boston EMS Academy.
Thank God he had a chance to experience
that before he passed.
Sarge was one of my favorite friends in
EMS. The last time we saw each other, I was
fortunate to have the opportunity to share a
special moment with him.
As we parted ways, I gave him a hug—the
type you give someone when you know it’s
probably your last opportunity to tell them you
love them without actually saying anything.
I had a feeling it was a moment that would
last a lifetime. I’m so glad I did it.
Sarge was a true EMS icon, and like so
many special operations leaders, he stood quietly in the background and grinned with pride
at the way his personnel performed.
To be truthful, Bob was never quiet, but
he always got the job done behind the scenes.
He will always be recognized as one of the
true unsung heroes of EMS.
RIP, Bob! JEMS
Sarge was a true EMS icon.
The massive police ‘rescue’ vehicle placed in Bob’s
special ops garage.