Last weekend, I spoke at the 2017 EMS CEU Summit in Eugene, Oregon. My presentation was followed by Nolan’s and then Kayla’s. Nolan is a paramedic who responded to the Umpqua Community College shooting in 2015. Nolan spoke about his experience the shooting and how he took care of himself in the days, weeks, and months that followed. He explained to fellow medics what they can expect when they receive a call to respond to an active shooter event. Kayla is a human trafficking survivor. She spoke about how she was recruited and how she escaped. She explained the human and sex trafficking business, how it works, and what to look for. These were both raw and powerful presentations by amazing individuals.
After attending the morning session of the Summit, I explored Eugene. Attending and presenting at these conferences is often emotionally draining. Reliving the day of the shooting, telling my recovery story, listening to other speakers, and connecting with attendees. It’s exhausting and fulfilling at the same time. In the afternoon, I went to Skinner’s Butte lookout to take in new scenes, then enjoyed a flight of beers at Steelhead in the 5th Street marketplace. A beautiful view and post-conference beer was the perfect way to end an awesome day.
Here are a few pictures of me speaking and one picture from the top of Skinner’s Butte lookout.