Bret Carlson is a Paramedic in Iowa City, and has been working in emergency medical services since he was 17 years old. His job spans a broad spectrum of emotional moments for patients, from the joyous wonder of life beginning (mothers giving birth) to painful and tragic endings.

Paramedics work around the clock, and never know when they might get a call. Amanda Voss-Grummish, Johnson County Ambulance Service Field Supervisor, said drivers need to be alert, slow down and pull over to the right if they see an ambulance coming. She said too many drivers seem to panic, slam on their brakes without pulling over to clear the way and that makes the situation worse.