Police officers, firefighters, EMTs, and paramedics--all these first responders have something inspiring in common: They consider what they do a calling, not a job. They are so ready to help that time and time again they run toward danger as most of us are running away.
And that was true of Michelle Tarwater and her three colleagues, who worked for an medical transport company in California. In late July, Tarwater, a nurse, and a pilot were flying a patient into the Oakland airport when their plane crashed, killing everyone on board.
Five years before she died, Michelle had written a letter to her mom, to be read in the case of her death. Her mom did read it, and then shared it with her daughter's colleagues. When they posted it to the medical transport's Facebook page, it started going viral.
No wonder--it is a beautiful testament to the bravery of first responders, and a heartfelt message from a daughter to her mom. "Dear Mom," it starts out. "This is gonna be hard for you to read. If you’re reading this then something has happened and you got a phone call that no parent should ever have to get."
"I hope I went out doing something really awesome like saving someone’s life in a fire or cutting someone out of their car while upside down on the highway. You know I live for that kind of stuff! If that’s how I went, well, I went out with my boots on doing what I love. I’m good with that!"
The kicker is the tribute Tarwater pays to her mom: "I couldn’t have done it without you though. You showed me how to fight and never give up!" And she ends with a plea: "Remember me, remember the great times we had and all you taught me and showed me, but don’t mourn me."
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