Friday, February 20, 2015

An Open Letter to Holly Monteleone

Dear Holly,

     I am writing this to express both gratitude and disappointment. For what it is worth, allow me to state that you are a good representative of EMS overall. You present yourself as a compassionate caregiver and professional Paramedic. You do EMS a great service and as a father and husband of EMT's I am glad to a strong, intelligent, positive female being put forth as a provider. Thank you for this above all else.

     EMS has needed someone like you to be highlighted. Your performance makes us look good while showing that being a burnt out miserable individual is not what we should aspire to be. Your demonstration that good patient care and being positive are needed. Personally, your being inked shows that those of us with tattoos are capable of being professional and courteous. Add in your being well spoken, intelligent, and attractive and we have a rock star paramedic.

    This is why I was disappointed in what you having a negative attitude about Dr. Bledsoe and his criticism of the PAF t-shirt. While overall I consider PAF to be a positive group, as in they tend to not attack science and are great in supporting needed EMS ideals such as the Code Green Campaign. But the T-Shirt that was pointed out is something that while it might seem fun, has a negative impact on the profession. I will go even further if PAF was private I would consider it to be a necessary page.

    Gallows humor and venting frustration is healthy, but I tend to be critical of these things in a public forum. The public can't understand it, and often sees it as being uncaring. I am a small time blogger and this is part of my personal way to relax and blow off steam. But I saw this and felt I should point out that you are now the face of EMS. No individuals like Kelly Grayson, Chris Cebellero, or other provider. You are on television and highly visible. There are those out there that would tear you down. There is a likelihood that you will wind up interviewed on EMS issues. In short you represent us all, and we could do a lot worse. Thank you for reading this if you do, have a great shift, and stay safe my sister.

Roger Morgan

Lone Medic


  1. I will start by saying thank you for reaching out. I respect that more than anything else in this world - when someone speaks their opinion instead of holding it in.

    I will say that I don't think I really disrespected Dr. B BECAUSE I don't think that he meant what people thought he meant. And although he handled it respectfully, not all of his followers did! I think it's all too often that certain "types" of paramedics bash a different "type" of paramedic. But I didn't, at all, disagree with Dr. B having nor speaking his opinion. But the people who were following that opinion were not so respectful.
    I do love PAF and I respect the page. Not only because it's a community for paramedics, but also because as profane as it may be at times, that page has advocated for many other "serious" groups, that page successfully intervened in a suicide, and it gets a lot of support and exposure for smaller causes/pages.

    Although I did not expect to be the new face of EMS, I am constantly aware of it and trying to do my best to please a community as a whole. All I can ask is that people remember I'm still just a normal person. And I have my own opinions that may or may not be the same as other people's

    1. Holly, thank you for replying. As I said, you seem to be a great representative for EMS. I appreciate your time.

  2. Hi Holly let me say, I so love u and the entire (Nick, Dan, Titus) crew. Night watch is incredible. My two teenagers n I enjoy every moment of it. I'm curious to how can a fan as myself write a certain officer (swat officer P) from night watch. I've googled him several times and found absolutely nothing :-(. Please help