The David Iscoe Presidential Library

When I first moved out on my own after college, I worked as an emergency medical technician making $11 an hour, plus overtime. The job was interesting. It took me all over the four main boroughs, and sometimes to Long Island, Staten Island, New Jersey, and Westchester. I met good people and did useful work. I liked the feeling of stepping out of the ambulance to a place I’d never been before, getting a feel of the landscape, walking into a building knowing I had a purpose there. I didn’t like that I was stressed and didn’t see a path to a good future. In between calls, I would try to eat enough food, or try to rest enough and not think anxious thoughts, but trying is not the same as doing.

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