An Everyday Job for Him, but Not For Us
--by AndiCas, posted Jan 11, 2018
In this country most ambulances are driven and manned by bombeiros (firemen) and this was no exception. Whilst one drove, the other was in the back with me and son. He started chatting with my son as soon as he was strapped in, asking him whether he'd prefer English or Portuguese.
When my son said either, the bombeiro requested English so that he could practice. Of course, that gave plenty of opportunity for him to draw my son into offering 'tuition' and the pair of them chatted on and off for the full hour. He'd obviously been tasked with keeping our boy awake, and did so so skillfully that our son didn't realise we were tearing along with lights flashing.
The back of an ambulance is a horrible place, and I got travel sick and had to open the window a little. It was chilly, so this absolutely wonderful guy took his own jacket off and wrapped it around our son's head and neck where they were extending from the blankets.
These marvelous guys stayed with us during check in procedure, and only left when I reassured them that my husband was on his way in the car.
I cannot be grateful enough for the bombeiros. They're our firemen, and they are all absolute heroes.