ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB) - For many first responders, they tend to see people in their worst conditions. So, it was nice for some local first responders to see one man who benefited from their hard work.
Richard Rogers of Colfax gathered emergency responders from Rapides Regional and Acadian Ambulance on Thursday to say thank you. He got hit by a vehicle while riding his mountain bike on the Marksville Highway outside of Pineville last year, and these are the people that saved his life, everyone from the EMT's to the nurses on staff that day.
He thanked them with cake and coffee, but says he will never be able to thank them enough.
"I was blessed that day with a lot of professionals,” Rogers said. “Of course, the surgeons and care I got here were tremendous. Matter of fact for the first two or three months, it was my favorite thing to do: to pat people on the back because I was really grateful to be alive. Not only alive, but I was walking. I'm not missing any appendages."
“We don't really get to see a lot of the good after you drop someone off in the condition that he was in,” said Zachary Metoyer an EMT with Acadian Ambulance. “But to see him up and walking and smiling and laughing, it makes you feel like you have a purpose."
Rogers had to have two surgeries and says he was thankful the worst thing that happened was a metal plate put in his arm.
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