In addition to being a lawyer (with a Certified Specialist designation), John is a paramedic, and has been a paramedic for more than 25 years. Although some may think that to be an odd combination, it really is not. Both are helping professions. People call on both professionals when they are having some of the most difficult times in their lives and looking for help to make things better. Both professions provide reassurance to those in needs and try to fix problems as quickly as possible.
One way the two professions are very different is the amount of personal risk. Since 1988, 39 paramedics have lost their lives doing their job and many more suffer in silence or have died alone suffering from PTSD or other workplace-related mental health injuries. To honour them, and to raise money for a notional memorial, John participates in the Paramedic Ride. In this video John discusses both the Paramedic Ride and how being a paramedic led to him being a lawyer.