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 “To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.”~ Ralph Waldo Emerson


 “There is no higher honor than to be given the responsibility to care for another human being.” ~ Richard K. Schachern


“I didn’t become an EMT to get a front-row seat to other people’s tragedies. I did it because I knew the world was bleeding and so was I, and somewhere inside I knew the only way to stop my own bleeding was to learn how to stop someone else’s.” ~ Daniel José Older


“Some go their whole lives wondering if they made a difference. Some don’t have that problem.” ~ Anonymous


 “What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal.” ~ Albert Pike

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~~~~~~Caring for our Communities~~~~~


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Touch of Love

Short Story Collection

 by Chelle Cordero


An Empty House: You never know what tomorrow will bring. This is a personal essay about coping with and moving on with the “New Normal”. 

The Lost Love: Rejected for her Mexican heritage by the teen-age boy she had a crush on, Lindsay put it behind her. So how come, when they wind up at the same college years later, Lindsay can’t get over her anger at the humiliation? And will Brad ever forgive himself for his callous behavior?

The Dead Guy in the Park: An almost end-of-shift call leads a paramedic and her partner to a dead guy in the park. All she has to do is pronounce him so that the coroner can come get the body. What could possibly go wrong?
*includes a bonus Spanish edition El Difunto del Parque translated by Marianna Carranza

Rekindled: Cynthia and Daniel were college sweethearts torn apart by tragedy. A lifetime later they bump into each other again — Is this their second chance at love?

 A Date with Mistletoe: Sometimes you find that it’s the “Unanswered Prayers” that are the best things to ever happen. When confronted by the man of yesterday alongside the man who means the world to her, there is no doubt in Rachel’s mind that she has the best.

 He is My Brother…: Who can help save the life of a beloved family member? Prayers, hopes and a personal plea for help.

Always, One More Time: Disowned by her parents because of an interracial love affair, Callie Sanders is left alone to raise her son after his father, Jimmy Bernerd, dies fighting in a war on the other side of the world. Desperate to give her son a family she goes to the Bernerd household — what she finds is a second chance at love, acceptance, and family.


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Touch of Love

Short Story Collection

 by Chelle Cordero


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Author Chelle Cordero

Chelle Cordero writes stories of Passion and Suspense. Vanilla Heart Publishing has published eleven Cordero novels: Bartlett’s Rule; His Lucky Charm; Within the Law; Courage of the Heart; Final Sin; Hostage Heart; A Chaunce of Riches; Common Bond, Tangled Hearts; Hyphema; and Karma Visited. She is currently working on her next novel and promises another action packed adventure and heartwarming love story. Chelle has been writing both fiction and non-fiction for the bulk of her adult life and has been with Vanilla Heart Publishing since early 2008.

Her books have earned many plaudits which includes: Bartlett’s Rule was named one of Carolyn Howard-Johnson’s Top Ten Reads for 2009; Final Sin was an Honorable Mention in the Fiction Category of the 2010 NY Book Festival and a 2009 Pushcart Prize nominee.; Hyphema won the Dec 9, 2011 Friday Book Cover Vote on the Shades of Love website; A Chaunce of Riches was Winner of D. Renee Bagby’s readers’ choice for The Best Overall First Chapter, April 2010; and Hostage Heart, Final Sin and A Chaunce of Riches had top ten finishes in the 2009 Preditors’ and Readers’ poll. Chelle was also featured in “50 Great Writers You Should Be Reading” published by The Author’s Show in 2010.

Chelle Cordero maintains an author’s blog at, and a promotional blog at Her website offers information on all of her books and her appearances. Bloggers and the media are welcome to visit Chelle’s media room at with downloadable photos and other information.

Be sure to LIKE Chelle’s FaceBook page at and follow her on Twitter at You can email Chelle at ChelleCordero(at)

Chelle lives in the northeast with her husband, Mark, and family. They have two adult offspring. Jenni and Marc (& Trish); they also live with three mischievous and spoiled pussycats, one of whom has taken up permanent residence on Chelle’s desk. Chelle is a full-time freelance journalist for multiple publications; her articles appear regularly throughout North America and she writes a monthly column on NYS Emergency Medical Services issues as a (former) NYS Emergency Medical Technician (First Responder News).

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“Quality is not an act, it is a habit.” ~ Aristotle


“Some people spend their whole life wondering ‘Did I make a difference?’ — Some people don’t need to wonder.” ~


“Every day, you’re called upon to help others through one of the most frightening times of their lives. Every day, you’re called upon to provide a sense of security and relief during chaotic and challenging situations. Every day, you’re called upon to do the work that only a select few can do. Every day, you’re ‘Called to Care‘.” ~ EMS Strong website


“Air goes in and out. Blood goes round and round. Any deviation is a problem.” ~ Anonymous


“You have never really lived until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.” ~ John Bunyon

     National EMS Week               May 15-21, 2016

Celebrating the men and the women
who answer the call

Hi. I rode as a volunteer EMT for nearly 30 years before “retiring” (my whole family is career and/or vollie 1st responder), my FT occupation is a freelance writer. I write a monthly column in a trade newspaper about EMS issues – I am planning an upcoming column on EMS burnout and would love a few comments to quote (not necessarily identified): If you are or were an EMT or Paramedic, have you experienced feelings of burnout? Did you quit because of it? What do you feel are the strongest indicators of burnout? What contributes to burnout? What do you recommend responders do to avoid burnout?
Please comment below or send an email to
Thank you so much for your help.

Our brethren in New Jersey were insulted and I am furious.
(an opinion piece by Chelle Cordero)

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) published its findings about the tragic accident which severely injured comedian Tracey Morgan and killed his colleague and friend James McNair last year. Citing various mitigating factors they included an overtired truck driver, lack of seatbelt use, speed, and poor emergency response.

According to the NTSB it took emergency workers 37 minutes to get the van’s occupants out. Investigator Thomas Barth claimed that inadequate training and a lack of appropriate precautions added to the seriousness of the injuries; he later added that New Jersey has no minimum requirement for emergency responder training and certification.

NTSB board member Robert Sumwalt added an insult saying “a cosmetologist in New Jersey has to have more training than an emergency worker.” (Come to think of it, Sumwalt was also insulting cosmetologists by using their training as an inadequate standard.)

For those who are not aware of the extensive skill and training that Emergency Medical Services (EMS) responders go through in New Jersey and all states throughout the United States, here are some of the subjects covered in a Basic EMT class: study of the human body; medical, ethical, and legal issues in emergency medical services; trauma patient assessment; bleeding control method; managing shocks; lifting and moving dead bodies; managing head, spine, and neck injuries; managing soft tissues injuries; respiratory emergencies; environmental emergencies; oxygen administration; applying bandages on wounds; and cardiac emergencies, etc. Since patients usually have not read the “textbook”, EMS responders have to be able to think and act quickly even in the face of danger, hazards and high emotions.

There are various levels of certification; all must start with basic first response training (at least 40-hours). A Basic EMT class includes a minimum of 120-hours of classroom training and practical skills and is a necessary first step for any trained responder. EMT-Intermediate training is an ADDITIONAL 320-hours of training. EMT-Paramedics need to complete another 1000-to-1200-hours of training which is equivalent to a college associate degree in several states. The cost of an EMS education in New Jersey can be more than $6,000.00. And by the way, volunteers wearing an EMT patch receive the same instruction as paid EMS, they are all professionals.

In regard to Sumwalt’s assertion, New Jersey requires cosmetology students to undergo 1200-training hours at an approved school to learn hair cutting, coloring and styling, manicures and pedicures, makeup, and some also learn about care. Cosmetology training is definitely not shabby, but if you are in a accident or suffering an acute illness, you probably won’t be thinking of having you hair done. There is no comparison between the two.

While I was not at the scene of this horrendous accident and I was not involved in the investigation, as a NYS EMT for nearly three decades, I responded to numerous car accidents. Depending on the condition of the vehicle(s), rescue may have involved “cutting a car open” in order to have access to the patient(s) — this process is often timely and could prove dangerous if not done properly. This could easily have accounted for the delayed extrication and transportation to the hospital. While there are rare instances where an EMS response could have done more, it would be an easy bet to say that EMS responders save lives and more often allow for better survival than without their efforts.

Mr. Morgan’s injuries and Mr. McNair’s death are truly tragic. Truck safety on the road needs improvement and corporations need to allow their drivers appropriate time for rest and travel. All vehicle passengers should be reminded to use their seatbelts. All drivers need to recognize when their driving ability is impaired due to fatigue or illness. We need to hope that future tragedies don’t happen.

I really believe that Mr. Sumwalt and Mr. Barth owe EMTs, Paramedics and all first responders an apology. Without our highly trained and skilled EMS responders, whether paid or volunteer, we would suffer many more losses and permanent disabilities.


The writer spent nearly three decades as a proud VOLUNTEER EMT and her family is complete with both career and volunteer first responders. Chelle Cordero is also the author of two EMS-based novels. Cordero writes a monthly column for 1st Responder News


This week’s Terrific Quote Day will appear tomorrow




The History of EMS Week
The U.S. Congress authorized the Emergency Medical Services Systems (EMSS) Act of 1973. In 1974, President Gerald R. Ford signed this bill and appointed David R. Boyd as the director of the Division of Emergency Medical Services Systems (DEMSS), Public Health Service, Department of Health, Education and Welfare. Boyd convinced President Ford to proclaim “Emergency Medical Services Week” and to host a White House Conference on EMS. Gerald Ford is the “Hero” of the national EMS story, a true believer who supported EMS during difficult political, economic, and budgetary times.  (read more)

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EMS Novels Bundle Pack [Kindle Edition] by Chelle Cordero

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May 17 thru 23 is EMS Week 2015. The slogan is EMS STRONG and I’ll be offering special chances to win FREE audiobooks and e-books of my EMS novels Final Sin & Hyphema… and more!!!!

Watch for info

on my Facebook Author Page

on my website

and on my blog

I was a NYS Emergency Medical Technician, CPR and First Aid Instructor, and volunteer with a local ambulance corps for nearly three decades. I responded to numerous emergencies, performed CPR, delivered babies, transported trauma victims and sometimes just offered comfort to a patient during transport to the hospital. I write a monthly column on EMS Issues for First Responder Newspaper and articles for other EMS publications. And I’ve written two novels based on EMS.

My entire family is a blend of both volunteer and career EMS and Emergency Medical Services will always be near and dear to my heart.

Happy EMS Week to all EMS personnel.
Thank you EMTs & Paramedics for all you do.


the following appeared on Facebook 6/29/2014


(EMS – EMT – Paramedic
Emergency Medical Services)

The world of EMS is filled with dedicated and selfless people, among which is Chelle Cordero. She is an author and EMT who spent over 27 years volunteering for her local ambulance corps. Most of her family, including her husband, son, daughter and even daughter-in-law, have also volunteered as EMS providers. Cordero has written two EMS-based suspense novels as well as a factual guide for the layman, “Until the Ambulance Arrives.” She’s is extremely proud of her family’s involvement in EMS and has “translated” this pride into her writing. For more information, visit her website

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Thank you so much to EMSworld for this incredible accolade!

Final Sin


Until the Ambulance Arrives

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Final Sin by Chelle Cordero

Deputy Sheriff Commander Jake Carson has his hands full… investigation of a brutal multiple homicide, a troubled son and a vindictive ex-wife. He meets young, free-spirited paramedic Julie Jennings. When Julie becomes the subject of an obsession, it puts both of them in danger…

Final Sin was an Honorable Mention in the Fiction Category of the 2010 NY Book Festival & a 2009 Pushcart Prize nominee.

Final Sin
narrated by Gwendolyn Jensen-Woodward


Hyphema by Chelle Cordero

Hyphema: Bleeding in the eye caused by trauma… Matt Garratti, a paramedic from New York, moves his wife and son to North Carolina to work at his dream job as a flight medic. Pakistani born Sudah, his wife, receives frosty stares and insensitive comments from their new neighbors… Matt wonders if he is pursuing his dream or bringing his family into a nightmare from which they may never wake.

Hyphema won the Dec 9, 2011 Friday Book Cover Vote on the Shades of Love website & was recommended in the book Summer Reading: 2012 Blue Ribbon Selection published by Ewen Prime Co. 

narrated by Tim Danko


Living, Breathing, Writing

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