Rob Colman mixes school, service
By Joe Gould
DANBURY — Rob Colman is like a lot of
other 17-year-olds. He hangs out with friends, goes to the movies
and likes high school football.
But when Rob’s pager goes off, it’s not because his mother’s
looking for him. He’s helping someone with a heart attack, going to
a house fire or rushing out to a car wreck.
"I’ll be sitting at a high school football game and I’ll have to
leave and my friends say, ‘There he goes again,’” the Brookfield
High School senior said.
On Saturday, Colman, a medical response technician with the
Candlewood Volunteer Fire Company, was given Danbury Hospital’s
"Medical Response Technician of the Year” award, the youngest
recipient of any the hospital’s awards this year.
"For a 17-year-old, Rob exhibits incredible respect, poise and
professionalism. He has a calm and confident bedside manner towards
his patients,” said Lt. Bernie Meehan of the Danbury Fire
Department, who nominated Colman for the award.
"I started out at the same age and I see a lot of me in him,”
What makes Colman’s volunteerism extraordinary is the two-fold
dearth of volunteers in emergency services and the dearth of young
volunteers, Meehan said.
Colman has recruited some friends to the volunteer fire
department, and Meehan believes that trend may be in reverse.
"It recent years it fell out of fashion,” Meehan said. "Now it
looks like its coming back into favor, we’re looking for youth to
fill those roles.”
A year ago, Colman joined the volunteer fire department. Several
months later, while out on a minor medical call at which two people
had fallen, he decided emergency medical training was for him.
"I went on a call and I liked it so I took the training,” Colman
said. "I think it’s fun helping people.”
Colman said he juggled 70 hours of training with his homework,
his volunteering at the fire station and his scouting — he recently
became an Eagle Scout.
He said the time spent was worth it, and he’s considering taking
more advanced emergency medical technician training.
"You’re learning and doing stuff that other people don’t get to
do,” Colman said. "It’s exciting.”
Saturday, other awards went to:
EMT-Basic of the Year; Tom Hanlon of Newtown Volunteer
EMT-Intermediate of the Year; Kevin Clyne of Newtown Volunteer
ŸEMT Educator of the Year; Deb Aubin, Newtown Volunteer
Emergency Medical Service of the Year; Brookfield Volunteer
EMT-Paramedic of the Year; Andrew McGuire of BSI/Danbury Health
Chris Blackwell Dedication to Service Award, the Blackwell
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