John Eaglesham is heading to the beach with newly purchased kayaks in an attempt at retirement. John began his career in EMS in 1972 working for Montclair Volunteer Ambulance Unit in Montclair, New Jersey. In 1976, while attending UCSB and working evenings at a local hospital, John saw “newly patched” paramedics bringing patients into the emergency department. This stimulated John to complete a local community college EMT program, and in 1979 he attended Daniel Freeman Hospital School for Paramedics. "Everyone was quick to tell me EMS was not a career and a paramedic would only last 5 years in the system. Even employers would tell you that. Well that was 38 years ago. I witnessed EMS start from disparate volunteer services, to complete systems of care we enjoy today. And along the way, EMS developed into a career that anyone would proud of. I wish my friends and colleagues in EMSAAC and the EMS community the best as you do the very important work of advocating for EMS, protecting and improving high functioning systems and preparing California to respond to public health emergencies and disasters”. EMSAAC wishes John the best in his retirement.