Thomas Barone I have always had an enhanced interest in Emergency Medicine since I was very young. The chaotic scene of an emergency vehicle roaring through the streets or the heroic efforts put forth by our first responders each day piqued my enthusiasm in the field. I was so eager to get involved in this field that I became an EMT when I turned 17 years of age while attending a summer college course between my junior and senior years of high school. Unfortunately, I could not practice in the state of AZ until I turned 18; however, I joined the AZ Firefighter’s Explorer Program, in which we conducted ride-a-longs and firefighter training on the weekends; both Gilbert and Phoenix Fire Departments supported the initiative. I got promoted to Chief due to my accomplishments serving in the program. My career history demonstrates my ability to both serve our nation and execute in the emergency medicine field. In 1992, I decided to join the Army as a Combat Medic. I fulfilled various military roles, including Ground Medic, Airborne Medic, Flight Medic, Medical Instructor, First Sergeant, Sergeant Major, and Command Sergeant Major. I still get to interact with service members and stay close to the field, which allows me to remain sharp on new medical initiatives and relevant to healthcare delivery challenges on the battlefield. For recreation, I enjoy working in the yard and completing chores around the house. I find this time to be peaceful and helps me think clearly about life. Although the traumatic situations I have experienced have been plenty, this private time thinking allows me to adjust and place those memories into the appropriate perspective. I genuinely believe in the mission of Safeguard Medical and what we do collectively to enhance the operations of first responders, whether in the military, federal agency, or civilian EMS. I genuinely believe in the mission of Safeguard Medical and what we do collectively to enhance the operations of first responders, whether in the military, federal agency, or civilian EMS.