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My name is Elias Friedman. I'm a paramedic working in Connecticut at the Ambulance Service of Manchester (ASM). I'm a Thirty-six year old, single, Modern Orthodox Jewish male. I live with my fifteen year old Dalmatian, Pongo in Ellington, Connecticut and I'm the president of Congregation Knesseth Israel. I got into EMS in 1997 when I started volunteering. I got a job at a commercial service in 1999 when I was laid-off from my previous job. I got my Associates degree in Mechanical Engineering and also became an EMT-Intermediate in 2000. I was working on completing my Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering when September 11th made me re-think my priorities. I entered Hartford Hospital's Paramedic program and graduated April 2004. My precepting was delayed to September due to my father's death last July, and I've had med-control since December 2004.

I really enjoy my job, my girlfriends have all remarked (positively!) that I love to talk about my work. Getting up out of bed to go to work isn't an effort of willpower like it had often been at my previous jobs. My health and stress level are better than they have ever been, of course that's partly attributable to my taking up bicycle commuting the eleven miles to work. I really think that I've found my niche