What a sad time. Due to various reasons listed on his blog, Mark's had to shut his blog down. He of 999medic and Chronicles of EMS, a voice of courage and conviction, has decided that he has to put his job and his family first. Understandable it may be, but the reasons behind it are worrying.
Read his final blogpost, along with all the comments below. They pay tribute much better than I could to his ability and vision to make the world of EMS what it has the strong potential to be.
And for the meantime, this blog remains anonymous (although possibly one of the world's worst kept secrets), for exactly the reasons that Mark has had to walk away.
It's a sad indictment of the lack of vision of others that holds us back, as a service, as EMS providers, and especially as bloggers. It's all the more upsetting that one of the trailblazers in the field, is the one to get caught up in the fear. A fear of the unknown shouldn't mean instant disapproval. It should be a challenge to those who hold on to that fear to come and face it. Come and see that those who blog do so, at least in the vast majority, because they love their jobs. Because they want to cast it in a better light. Because they want to improve both themselves and their environment.
Hopefully, some day, the vision will overpower the fear, and not, like today, the other way round.