Meet Sam…

You know that saying we all wear many hats, well for Sam it’s more like coats. On any given day you might see Sam in his beekeeper’s jacket tending a hive only to receive a call on his pager that he is needed at the scene of an accident. So, a quick change into his EMT gear and he is off to save a life.
Sam grew up in a big family and learned to work hard at a young age. When he was only 11 Sam’s father began teaching him the art of beekeeping. How to handle the bees, how to build frames and boxes, waxing and wiring them. And of course, how to extract and package the honey in its raw form as to preserve all the wonderful benefits it has to offer. By the time Sam was 15 he was helping transport over 400 hives to Florida to pollinate the orange groves then back to PA again to pollinate the apples trees in the spring.
Beekeeping brings with it the sting of hard work but pays in sweet rewards. Sam learned all about work ethic caring for bees. Things like how to market a product, how to study weather patterns which directly affect the bees and knowledge of plants and trees.
Beekeeping isn’t just a fun hobby it’s a very worthy cause. We need honey bees in order to continue enjoying many of the delicious foods that we eat every day. Things like apples, berries, avocados and coffee, just to name a few. And I don’t know about you, but I do not want to live in a world without coffee. These little pollinators make our world a better place and if you think you might be interested in hosting some in your back yard contact a local bee keeper and get in on the buzz. The honey bee population continues to decline, and we should do all we can to help them survive.
Learning how to work hard and care about our world as a child shaped Sam into a young man who wanted to do more.
At age 17 Sam had an experience that changed his life. While at the park one-day Sam came upon a man who had collapsed and was unresponsive. He began to try to find someone to help but there was no one. No cell phones and no 911 made it even more difficult to get help in those days but at some point, someone did call and get an ambulance to come but by the time they arrived it was too late.
That experience drove Sam to want to get more educated about how to help in these situations and led him to take a first aid and CPR course. The instructor told Sam he had a gift and his caring and concern for others would make him an excellent EMT. There was a shortage of them at the time, so Sam went for it. After months of learning and studying Sam passed the state exam and at 17 years old became an EMT.
Since then he has found himself in all types of situations. He has had the amazing experience of delivering new life into this world and felt the sadness of comforting others as they leave it.
Sam’s grandmother told him God gives us gifts and if we don’t use them we will lose them. Sam decided to use his gifts of loving and caring to help others and has been doing so since 1982. His motto is “put your trust in your training and your faith in God”. No two calls are ever the same and a first responder never knows what they are getting into.
Sam has also had the incredible experience of being part of several strike team deployments to other states. He was part of a deployment to New Jersey after super storm sandy. It’s during those times that first responders miss their families and even a hot meal as they spend days rescuing people in need of emergency care. Risking their own lives and health to ensure someone else’s.
There are risks and consequences that go along with the job and Sam has faced them. Some of the injuries he has sustained during rescues have been minor and some have been so major that they will affect him the rest of his life. But he chooses to continue helping others.
We all have gifts and can and should use those gifts in whatever way we can to change the world for the better. Rather it’s helping one person at a time or one tiny honey bee at a time, find your gift and give it  to the world.


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I am a small town farm girl who has become passionate about challenging myself and others to live authentic lives. Pure and simple and real. I draw inspiration from everything, everywhere, but living on a beautiful farm nestled in the mountains of Pennsylvania brings it's own inspiration. I have written skits, plays, poems and curriculum for children's programs as well as Bible study guides and children's books. I currently write for "The Valley Newspaper" in my quant hometown. You won't hit city traffic and there won't be much noise other than the clip clop of horses' hooves as you pass a Pennsylvania Dutch buggy. As a wife and mother of three teenagers, I have been taught great lessons in love, forgiveness and acceptance by the school of life. I find my favorite cathedrals aren't like St. Peter's Basilica in Rome but the woods, full of tall pines, changing maples and calming streams. Philippians 2:4 "Let each of you look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others."

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