MONROE, CT — Monroe’s emergency medical service volunteers come from a variety of backgrounds, from their ages to their occupations. The Monroe Sun will run profiles to introduce you to a few during National EMS Week.
Craig Rosenberg, 51, lives in Monroe with his wife, Mary Ann, and the couple has two grown children, Nicholas, who is finishing medical school in New York, and Alexandra, who is working in sales in Arizona.
Rosenberg has been involved with emergency medical services for 34 years, including 12 in Monroe, where he currently serves as deputy chief.
When he’s not volunteering, he works as a benefits consultant for Alight Solutions.
Rosenberg grew up on Long Island and joined the EMS when he was a 16-year-old high school student, because he said the local agency needed members and he found it interesting.
He became an emergency medical technician by age 18 and served as a volunteer firefighter in Vestal, N.Y., while studying at Binghamton State University. After graduating, he served as an EMS volunteer on Long Island, then in New Jersey before moving to Monroe.
Why did you join the MVEMS?
Rosenberg: It almost sounds cliche, but you make a difference in people’s lives every day and that can be anything from they needed someone to talk to, to a life-threatening event. You never know what the next call will be.
What do you like most about being an EMS member?
Rosenberg: It’s a team environment, so the comaraderie of working together and showing up as a team. Everybody has a different background, but we all show up together as a team.
What would you say to someone wondering whether they could be a member of the EMS?
Rosenberg: I remember wondering the same thing. If you’re even remotely thinking of it, reach out to us. The training in phenomenal. We mentor our new members, so they’re guided through the whole process. You can do it. We’d love to meet with you.
Interested in becoming an MVEMS member? Send an email to [email protected].