Erik Duenes was asked a simple question while working in his hometown of


“I was working in maintenance at a nursing home, and the director of the EMS (emergency

medical services) asked me if I wanted to drive an ambulance,” said the Texas State Technical

College student. “I knew it was a chance to make some extra money.”

What Duenes, who is studying to become a paramedic, did not expect was for a career to


“I took my first emergency medical technician class at the local service, and I was hooked. I

went on to earn advanced EMT certification, and now I am studying to be a paramedic. I never

thought I would fall in love with the medical field.”

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