It's time you should know me

My Background

Well, they say that life begins at 40. Now I am 41 so I believe that this is my first year of life. Anyway, as a child, I am just like any child, nothing special so I will start from the moment where the excitement begun.

I took up accountancy in college knowing that once I graduate, there are so many companies that are offering accounting job and basically it would be easy for me to land a job after my studies. But during my second year in college, I decided to join a volunteer rescue group. I joined the training and eventually became a rescue volunteer. From there, I divided my time studying and responding to emergencies when I have no class. Two years later, I graduated in my accounting course and work in a bank. Unfortunately however, I resigned just a week after since I miss my rescue work and I find the work in the bank boring. I was used to the action and the adrenalin rush. and the exciting rescue work. The sound of the siren are music to my ears and rotary lights are like disco lights in my eyes. So I went back to rescue and made rescue my life.

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My Rescue Days

It was on the year 1992 that I became a regular paramedic. I was trained on different aspect of rescue work. I became a Paramedic and a firefighter and was assigned in one shift. The duty for each shift is 24 hours and off duty is another 24 hours thereafter. This was my life for the last 13 years. It was indeed a very wonderful job, you get to save lives and properties and best thing about it is we do it for free. Yes, our rescue unit responds to emergencies all for free. We also provide medical back up assistance on different types of events and this is also one advantage. We get to watch boxing matches, basketball games, and concerts for free. In some cases, we are even at the backstage acting as medical back up for performers. Believe it or not, I was even able to provide medical back up assistance to Barry Manilow.

I also have the chance of traveling abroad attending trainings sponsored by other organization which is indeed something that I cannot afford. I was trained on firefighting, search and rescue, water rescue to name a few.

Well life in rescue is a combination of happiness and sadness. You save lives but there are also times that no matter how you try, the victim expires. Well, I used to be discourage but my friends told me, its not our fault. What is important is we do our best.

When our rescue unit expanded our station, I was transferred to Lapu-lapu City station (Base 2). Shortly thereafter, I became the shift in charge of one shift. Aside from that, I was also tasked to conduct MFR, EMT and firefighting training for our volunteers. I was also tasked to conduct First aid, CPR training to different companies and organizations that request our unit for training.

I stayed with the unit for 13 years and never regretted joining the group because I learned many things and have even save a lot of lives.

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From medic to tactical medic

When I resigned from the unit, I got a call from the consultant of our city mayor (Lapu-lapu). He told me that the city mayor will be forming the first SWAT unit for the city. He was asking me if I was interested and yes I was.

The SWAT training was 3 months. A total of 50 police officers joined the training to compose the first SWAT team. Of the 50, only half made it through along with me and my co-tactical medic. SWAT duty although risky was more relaxing since its not everyday you have to respond on alarms. Our unit only handles special cases and not ordinary scenarios.

My Extra Curricular Activities

I am also an accredited instructor by two institutes in the United States. One is the Emergency Care and Safety Institute and the other one, the American Safety and Health Institutes. Because of this accreditation, I can train and certify people on first aid, cpr, wilderness first aid, advance first aid, advance cardiac life support. With these, I was able to establish a training center, Basic Lifesaving Solutions Training Center and have been conducting training for the last 7 years. I travel to different places including outside our country conducting training programs.

My Hobbies

I am not a very social person so I do not go out often. But the things I love most are scuba diving and practical shooting. My sister influence me to go scuba diving since she works in a resort. I was never interested at first but once I did it, I got hooked. I now even have a scuba gear of my own.

I make it a point to dive every month when I am in our city. The great thing about it, is that our city is in an island and we are blessed with wonderful beaches and great diving sites. Check out the video on the right, I took the video during one of my dives in a fish sanctuary near our area.

Practical Shooting

My love for guns started early in life. My godfather is crazy over guns. He used to bring me in the firing range taught me about gun safety and how to shoot well. Its not about going to war but its about protection.

Now it became a habit. I have my own gun and of course I have it license with a permit to carry. Not to mention that I am also with SWAT so I have the authority to carry. I also make it a point to visit the firing range and shoot from time to time.

When Tomorrow Comes

Well, I think I still have more years to live. So perhaps I can still train a lot of people and do a lot of things in the service of mankind. But as of now, I am starting with writing online considering that with this, I can share to people, my life, my adventures, and my knowledge.

This is the reason why I am here in hubpages, to start and fulfill my plans for the future.

Life indeed is short but even when I am gone, I hope that what I will write will continue to live and people will see that who I am and what I have done.

I may not be rich but I am sure, I have save the lives of many and have taught a lot of people on how to save lives. It is something that I am proud of and something that I am proud to share to my friends and most especially to my family as well.

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FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

This was very interesting! It's great you found something you are so passionate about. Can you imagine still being in accounting? It took guts to quit your job in accounting after only a week.


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Suzanne Day 3 years ago from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

It must have been hard to go from being a rescue worker to a boring office job. I understand why you would have left.


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JPSO138 3 years ago from Cebu, Philippines, International Author

You are certainly right Suzanne.


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JPSO138 3 years ago from Cebu, Philippines, International Author

Yes, Flourish, it would have been a boring job if I was still in accounting knowing that I have been used to working in the streets...


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Jodah 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

Well done JPSO138,

I can understand you not wanting to work in a bank despite your accounting qualifications. Once you have experienced the excitement and adrenalin rush of working in emergency rescue services, the office environment just doesn't measure up, and now working on a SWAT team...wow! I spent most of my life as a clerical officer in various occupations Railways and a University mainly, but after moving to my current rural location I joined the local volunteer fire brigade where I trained as a fire fighter and also worked as secretary. Well done in your efforts to train people in first aid, gun safety etc. You will leave a good legacy when you are gone, I'm sure.


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Vellur 3 years ago from Dubai

Great knowing you!


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JPSO138 3 years ago from Cebu, Philippines, International Author

Thank you for the very kind words jodah... From what I understand you also did a volunteer job with the fire department... That is also a very noble action...


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JPSO138 3 years ago from Cebu, Philippines, International Author

Hi vellur, thanks for dropping by. It's nice to know you as well.


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LKMore01 3 years ago

Nice to meet your HUB acquaintance JP. Please check your Fan Mail. Peace to you.


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JPSO138 3 years ago from Cebu, Philippines, International Author

It is nice to meet you too lkmoreo1


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hawaiianodysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

Great piece of writing, my friend! You are certainly multi-talented and educated in ways that a college professor couldn't touch. Aloha and mahalo for sharing this important information about who you are with us. It helps flavor your hubs in a most appetizing way.

~Joe


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DDE 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

It's time you should know me great write you do what you enjoy best.


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JPSO138 3 years ago from Cebu, Philippines, International Author

Hi hawaiianodysseus, thanks for dropping by and for the kind words. Aloha to you and indeed it is an honor to see you visit my hub.


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JPSO138 3 years ago from Cebu, Philippines, International Author

Hi DDE, yes, it is indeed enjoyable to do thing if you like them. Best to you always!


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Anna Haven 3 years ago from Scotland

You speak with such passion and pride about your vocation and so you should. To help others and make a positive difference is such a great thing. Thank you or sharing your story. I found it an interesting hub with a excellent message.


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JPSO138 3 years ago from Cebu, Philippines, International Author

Hi Anna, thank you very much for checking my hub and for the kind words.


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS

I read every word here with interest and vicariously feeling the excitement of the work you convey. I must say that I’m quite impressed with your professional qualifications and your ability to write about what impassions you! I admire that you’ve applied your knowledge and experience to the Basic Lifesaving Solutions training to spread that knowledge and passion for it, too.

My first thought when I saw you’re from the Philippines, knowing the present typhoon catastrophe in some of the islands, was relief that you’re obviously all right. I could see from the map that Cebu is not on the east coastlines where the disaster struck. I also appreciate the resource for valuable information you’ve written in your hubs! Many of the terms and acronyms were a mystery to me, but you clarify them!

As for life beginning at 40, I say ABSOLUTELY! I am 81 with a birthday in a couple of months. I was, in a way, born at 40 and had that feeling of starting life then, and still have that feeling every day of my life!

I’m pleased to welcome you to my circle of Hub friends!


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JPSO138 3 years ago from Cebu, Philippines, International Author

Hi Nellieanna, thanks for dropping by and for the appreciation. We do have some damage here in Cebu but not that big as compared to Leyte.

It is an honor indeed to know you and thanks for the warm welcome.


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grand old lady 3 years ago from Philippines

Your life is so interesting, and it's wonderful to know that by following your passion, your life was enriched with so many adventures, travel, and helping people during natural disasters. You must be very busy these days with the aftermath of Typhoon Yoling. God bless and keep you, and thank you for the work you are doing for our fellow Filipinos:)


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JPSO138 3 years ago from Cebu, Philippines, International Author

Thanks for dropping by grand old lady. It is only now that I have relaxed. The southern tip of our province also was greatly affected but thank goodness only a few casualties. How I wish there was none.


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MsDora 3 years ago from The Caribbean

JPSO, thank you for crossing my path. You're a great person to know.


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vespawoolf 3 years ago from Peru, South America

What an interesting history you have! I admire and respect those who choose this profession...saving others. How interesting that your job even made you cross paths with Barry Manilow. I'm happy to meet you here on HP!


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JPSO138 3 years ago from Cebu, Philippines, International Author

Hi MsDora, it is an honor to meet you. Thanks for dropping by.


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JPSO138 3 years ago from Cebu, Philippines, International Author

hi vespawoolf, thanks for the admiration. I do love my job and it was indeed great to have meet Barry Manilow in person. I am also glad to have meet you here in HP.


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS

It's my pleasure to know you!

I'm sorry to hear you also have some damage, but thankfully, not as bad as it might have been.

My brother was in the army and was stationed in Leyte during WWII. He loved it over there and would have stayed after the war, if our Dad hadn't needed him more. I still have some lovely carved mahogany bowls he brought me from there.


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JPSO138 3 years ago from Cebu, Philippines, International Author

Hi Nellieanna, thanks for dropping by. We do have some damage but not that big as compared to the Leyte area.

Yes, Leyte was were the American soldiers landed headed by Mcarthur. We have been save by your brother and the rest of his comrades. Please extend my thanks and it is indeed an honor to know you here.


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CyberShelley 3 years ago

What a wonderful varied and eventful life you lead, so glad to meet you and that you shared your world with us. Up, interesting useful and shared.


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JPSO138 3 years ago from Cebu, Philippines, International Author

Hi CyberShelley, thanks for dropping by and for the comment. I am so very glad to meet you likewise...


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Ericdierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

Excellent. Very interesting. I have worked around folk like you a lot. (a wildeness EMT and a private security) You are special people.


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JPSO138 3 years ago from Cebu, Philippines, International Author

Hi Eric, I am happy that you have worked along with rescuers. Thanks also for dropping by and for making us feel special.


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ocfireflies 3 years ago from North Carolina

JPSO138,

You have done more and accomplished more than some folks do in an entire lifetime. You are an inspiration. SO glad to have met you. Your video was also very cool.

Wishing you a great day,

Kim


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JPSO138 3 years ago from Cebu, Philippines, International Author

Hi ocfireflies, thanks for the kind words. I am also very glad to have known you here. Best always!


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Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany

Nice meeting you here at HP. You are an inspiration to all of us. This is a very well written hub and I´m glad you commented on my hub or else I have not known you and your writing. Thanks for sharing. Have a great day!


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JPSO138 3 years ago from Cebu, Philippines, International Author

Hi thelma, it is an honor to meet you. Thanks for the visit and the comment. I will surely check out the rest of your hubs later on.


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Monis Mas 3 years ago

Pleasure to meet you, and get to know you better. Your life is very interesting and colorful.


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JPSO138 3 years ago from Cebu, Philippines, International Author

Thanks monis mas... the pleasure is mine.. Best to you always!


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Suhail and my dog 3 years ago from Mississauga, ON

Awesome biography that is very constructive for general readers. You are working in a very risky area, but I believe you are enjoying it so all power to you.

Thank you for sharing so much about yourself. I know you much better now.

Cheers and all the very best from Mississauga, Ontario, Canada.


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JPSO138 3 years ago from Cebu, Philippines, International Author

H suhail, thanks for dropping by and reading about me. It is an honor to know you. cheers likewise and hope to read more of your hubs later on..


DJ Anderson 3 years ago

My son was an EMT/fireman/first responder. He started his training while he was still in high school, and became a full time employee after

he graduated. He left to work in New Orleans in the aftermath of the hurricane, Katrina. Many of his team could not take the breakdown of

society, but my son stayed for over two weeks. He was also a Hazardous Materials expert, and swift water rescue. Their station was located

near an interstate and their were many deadly auto wrecks to work. He dearly loved his job and the camaraderie of his fellow firemen.

I understand your career and the hazards associated with it. You have

been a great asset to your profession, and saved many lived. Hopefully,

you can slow down and enjoy your family and more relaxing ways to spend your time.

Thank you for sharing so much about your life with us.

DJ.


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JPSO138 3 years ago from Cebu, Philippines, International Author

Hi DJ, it seems like we are on the same path with your son. Yes, I too have hazmat training. A job like this is very fulfilling but it also does take away time from the family. That is why, I am indeed slowing down to give time for my family. Thanks for dropping by and it is a pleasure knowing you.


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Sunshine625 3 years ago from Orlando, FL

Hi JP, It was very interesting learning about you. I could never work in a bank either, too dull. My nephew is a paramedic, like yourself, he's proud of his work to save lives. Thank you for sharing!


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JPSO138 3 years ago from Cebu, Philippines, International Author

hi sunshine, thanks for dropping by and reading about me. Regardless of what work we do, we should always be proud. It just so happens that in our line of work, there is always the thrill and adrenaline rush. Its an honor knowing you here in HP.


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LaThing 3 years ago from From a World Within, USA

I am glad I stopped by here. Your story is very inspiring and what an honorable profession you have chosen. This is truly something to be proud of. Thanks for sharing your life story with us. Enjoyed reading it. Voting up and everything :)


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JPSO138 3 years ago from Cebu, Philippines, International Author

Thank you very much for stopping by Lathing... I am glad that you were inspired and you enjoyed reading. Hope to read more of your hubs too...


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molometer 3 years ago

It is good that you found out early that you didn't like accountancy. Some people spends years in dull jobs.

Accountancies loss is emergency services gain. You probable do more good in one day, than most accountants do in a life time. Just a guess.

Interesting read. Thanks for writing it.


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JPSO138 3 years ago from Cebu, Philippines, International Author

Hi molometer, thanks for the great words and for giving time to read my hub. It is an honor to know you and is looking forward to reading your hubs as well. Best always!


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btrbell 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

What an interesting life you have led! Thank you for sharing!


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JPSO138 3 years ago from Cebu, Philippines, International Author

hi btrbell, thanks for reading about my life. It is a pleasure to have you here.


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marcoujor 3 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

This was a great introduction to you and your passions.

How cool to have been backstage with Barry Manilow's medical team. I saw him perform a concert in Atlantic City, NJ in a wheelchair.

I am so glad you listened to your heart and are doing the work you love.


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JPSO138 2 years ago from Cebu, Philippines, International Author

thanks for marcoujor, yes, I was happy with my decision. Well, Barry Manilow is one of my most favorite singer. Best to you always!


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craiglyn 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

A very interesting hub indeed. I love that you say your life began at 40, and I love that you have a genuine caring for your fellow human being. Thanks for sharing your life with us.

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