Employee Testimonials

“I primarily love this job! I cannot believe someone is willing to pay me to do this since I provide Emergency Medical Service for free in my off time. I was told while back to find a job that you love and you'll never work a day in your life. I haven’t worked since 2012. Being a Paramedic is not what we do, it’s who we are.  When I was a BLS provider, I was jealous of the ALS providers because they got to snag people out of the jaws of death. Now I get to do it. It became a race of time between me and the angel of death and who can get there first. When I started working for ALSTAR EMS I was on the 10pm to 6am shift which is where all of my war stories come from. I loved the idea of helping the helpless who picked up the phone and dialed 911. A few years back, I was T-Boned on the corner of Jones & Gifford Avenue and had several injuries. I was just impressed by the amount of people who came to the scene to help me. I became inspired and started as a volunteer through the Fluvanna Volunteer Fire Department. My 2 year old daughter even loves coming down to quarters to see daddy take off in the ambulance. Every time she hears sirens, she thinks of me.”
-Walid Al-Jabiri, Paramedic


“Since I was 14 years old I have been a member of the Kiantone Volunteer Fire Department. This is where I first became interested in Emergency Medical Service. While I was going to JCC, I applied to become a basic EMT with ALSTAR EMS and got the job. When my grandpa became ill with prostate cancer, there were a few times where we had to call an ambulance to get him some help. I saw how many people came to help him and that is when I decided to explore this field some more. One of my fondest EMS memories is when a man in my neighborhood was out in the woods picking leeks. He went into cardiac arrest and the neighboring fire departments responded to the call, including me. Because I was a member of the Kiantone Volunteer Fire Department, I was thrown into the back of the ambulance with the gentleman because I knew where everything was. It was such a positive experience for me. I had an amazing mentor from this fire department too, Josh Kibbe. When we were out on calls together, he always showed me what he was doing and why. I wanted to be a part of something that affects all walks of life and makes us all equal. I am a lifer for EMS.”
-Timmy Carlson, Paramedic