Remembering Don Hess, leader in first responders

Written by Nicholas Serrano. Posted in Health & Wellness

Published on September 21, 2011 with No Comments

It has been a few months since the last article that has been written in regards to patient safety and safety issues.

Much has happened since the last publication around the region as well as around the country.

More than anything, I would like to take a moment to reflect on two major events that have made major impacts on our lives locally and nationally.

First, I would like to remember a great man, Don Hess, from St. Anthony’s in Crown Point.

Don was one of the premier EMS leaders in our region, if not the state of Indiana.

His dedication to his family as well as his profession showed both in passion and exuberance.

Don was a visionary regarding disaster preparedness, emergency response, and his uncanny ability to touch the lives of so many others.

He made a positive social impact on the lives of so many police, fire, emergency responders, and administrators from all over the state, and that was truly shown on the day we gave our respects and sentiments of gratitude for all he did for the benefit of others.

Don will be missed by all of us who had the honor of meeting him, working alongside him in emergency preparedness and disaster response, and patient safety.

His feelings and care for people in both the hospital and community settings are going to be missed, but his foundations that he provided will never be forgotten.

In further remembrance, we have to remain vigilant never to forget the events of 9/11. The 10th anniversary serves as a solid reminder that so many innocent people lost their lives on that day due to acts of terrorism.

These are the true heroes of the tragedy that took place that day. There are so many families that have been torn apart and so many children who will never have the pleasure of knowing their father, not having an opportunity to spend time with their mother, or being able to recapture those moments where some mixed words may have caused some unintentional hurt.

Time does have a habit of healing and closing some chapters that all of us experience as we make this journey through uncharted waters. Many reminders will always be present with us, especially the families who have been forever impacted by the ruthless attacks on innocent lives.

The fact remains we must never forget those who have made a positive impact on our lives. The aforementioned heroes in this article are examples of those who should never be forgotten and remembered with the respect and dignity they deserve. It is not uncommon for us to go forward with our daily lives, become occupied with so many pressing issues, or those that seem pressing at the time, but it is important for us to remember those who made us realize that we are to remain humble in our daily activities and press forward.

Although many chapters close along the winding pathways we encounter and eventually finish – there is always the firm reminder that we must be able to embrace challenges, some setbacks, feelings of hopelessness and despair, and paint that important image of those whom we were so close with to work with their tools and create that piece of architectural change that they envisioned. It was truly an honor to work alongside Don and those that I continue to work alongside in better preparing our communities, hospitals, and organizations regarding patient safety and emergency response.

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