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DanSun Photo Art
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Artist / Firefighter / Paramedic / Public Speaker / Traveller
Artist / Firefighter / Paramedic / Public Speaker / Traveller

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Look at this and try not to smile.
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Calm Torment
We recently worked a cardiac arrest where a woman collapsed while enjoying a dinner her husband of 50 years prepared for her. When we arrived he was doing CPR on her in the middle of the kitchen floor while following the instructions given to him on the phone by the dispatcher. Other family members were in the living room in a state of unbelief and worry, they greeted us with such relief. People seem to think when we arrive we’re going to save the day and everything will be okay.
While trying to resuscitate this woman her husband was stepping over us to clear the dinner table and began washing the dishes. I could see in his face that he knew his wife was gone yet he continued on as if it hadn’t happened, he even offered me some dinner while I was trying to locate her vocal chords with my laryngoscope to intubate her. He then started to show us their wedding pictures while we were in the middle of performing CPR, starting a second line and pushing our meds.
The mind is an amazing defence mechanism. This poor man knew what the outcome would be yet he continued on as if this was a regular occurrence in his home. We tried to resuscitate his wife and worked through every protocol we had but it was pointless, it was just her time, her initial rhythm was asystole and it never changed.
I sat him down in another room and explained to him that despite our best efforts his wife was dead, one of the worst parts of my job. Thankfully our Victim Services unit arrived and took over care for the family. We packed up our things, cleaned up our garbage and returned to our station. Just another routine cardiac arrest for us but a life changing and horrific evening for that family and that poor man.
Have a good and safe week everyone. For all of you who will have to tell someone their family member has died this week know that myself and 80% of the people who have seen this post have been there and you’re not alone, we’re with you.
Respectfully your brother,
DanSun
www.dansunphotos.com
www.dansunphotoart.com
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Regina EMS -
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The Canadian Prairies. Big, flat and beautiful.
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End of Watch 132

132 police officers in Canada and the United States gave their lives while protecting their communities in 2015. This art piece is for the fallen and their families who have also sacrificed in their loss.

Stay safe my brothers and sisters in blue.

DanSun
www.dansunphotos.com
www.dansunphotoart.com
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Lego and Star Wars ... too much geek? or the perfect combo.
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Super Hero Dad
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This is for the 81 firefighters who have died in the line of duty so far this year. This is also for their families who will be spending their first holiday season without them. 

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I'm going to be interviewed tomorrow morning on the Transient Thoughts Podcast. I'll be talking about my artwork, mental health and my new art book and scholarship fund that will be used to sponsor first responders at the International Critical Incident Stress Foundations Congress in Baltimore. I'll also answer as many questions as I can from you about photography, artwork and my experiences as a paramedic and firefighter.
Come join us for our first live show! We will be interviewing artist Daniel Sundahl. Many of our followers will know him from his very realistic pictures of the hardships of EMS. He will be telling us all about his new published Portraits of an Emergency book. We can't wait to hear all about his inspiration and some first hand accounts of how EMS differs from U.S. to Canada.  
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My first drone night flight.
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