Los Angeles County Fire Department personnel from Paramedic Squad 31 took part in the annual Trauma Survivors Day Reunion held at Long Beach Memorial and Miller Children’s & Women’s Hospital Long Beach on Wednesday, May 16, 2018.
The Trauma Survivors Day Reunion reunites patients that survived life-threatening injuries with the physicians, Trauma Center care team members and Emergency Medical Services team members that helped to bring them back from the brink of death.
Fire Fighter Jaime Leclercq of Paramedic Squad 31 was reunited with 14-year-old Omar Gonzales, who was in a near-fatal collision with a vehicle while riding his bike without a helmet. Leclercq recalled that the young man was in bad shape when they arrived on scene, and that he had checked in on his progress with paramedic liaison nurses in the days that followed.
Leclercq credits the great teamwork on scene and communication with MemorialCare Long Beach Medical Center in helping the young man’s recovery. “Shocking” and “rewarding” were the words that he gave to describe the reunion, noting that this is a treasured moment that many first responders don’t often get to experience.