I want to thank Delilah and everyone here at the Smokin’ Hot Firemen blog for having me guest.
I love men in uniforms. Love them. I have such a huge respect men and women who put their lives at risk every day to keep us safe.
So, I wanted to talk a little bit about George Atavik a secondary character from my debut Harlequin Medical Romance Safe in His Hands which is coming out September 1, 2013.
George is a paramedic. One who works in the Canadian arctic. He also flies his own plane. You see, up in Nunavut where George lives and works, there aren’t any roads to remote communities. Nowhere, unless you’re in a major city, to drive an ambulance. People who have medical emergencies have to be airlifted by Medevac to get the medical attention they need.
George works with my heroine Dr. Charlotte James, he’s like her brother and the two of them take care of medical emergencies in their small, fictional town in Nunavut. They work along-side a nurse and a village midwife.
George flies in some pretty rough conditions, especially in the long, dark winter months and the thing about him that I like so much is he wasn’t planned. When I first started writing the story, I had no plans for an air paramedic, but he just popped up and charmed his way in.
He chose to become a paramedic and a pilot because his own father died from a heart attack before the Medevac could get to him. For him, his decision to put his own life at risk and fly in tenuous situations stems from the respect and love he had for his father. Also his hope that no one would have to suffer the pain he felt when he lost his dad.
George also lives to lighten the mood. He’s a character I admire, just as much as the men and women who do this job every day in remote locations of northern Canada.
Tragically, at the time of writing this, two pilots and two paramedics on an ORNGE medical helicopter crashed on the way to a remote northern Ontario town. They were all killed. Even those paramedics on the road constantly put themselves in dangerous situations to help those who are injured and get them the medical attention they need.
So when we think of all those awesome soldiers, police officers and firemen (to name a few) in uniform, let’s tip our hats off to the paramedics who are out there every day keeping us safe by getting us to hospital as quickly as they can.
You can read more about George and his obsessive love of Clint Eastwood in my upcoming medical romance Safe in His Hands coming out September 1, 2013 and I’m hoping George will have his very own book soon, because even paramedics deserve love!