The Next time you hear a siren, pull over. There could be a lawyer on board an ambulance making his case for the benefit of dedication and compassion.
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Rock on, brother Ned:
Lawyer Moonlights As St. Louis Paramedic
Created: 11/22/2007 5:08:02 PM
Last updated: 11/22/2007 5:11:38 PM
By Mike Bush
(KSDK) - Let's face it, lawyers are not always the most exciting people.
"I enjoy the research", says attorney Ned Fryer. "I like the
thought processes, the intellectual challenge."
So spellbinding he's not but Fryer is successful.
He's been on the fast track since he got out of college.
"My first job out of law school was being a law clerk for Judge William Webster," says Fryer.
That's the same William Webster who went on to direct both the FBI and the CIA.
These days, he's a partner with Bryan Cave, one of the largest law firms in the country. Even at 60, Fryer still works 12 hour days. And on weekends? Well you'd expect to see him on the golf course. You'd expect that but you'd be wrong.
Some lawyers get a reputation for chasing ambulances. Ned Fryer drives one. When he's got time off, he's a paramedic for the St. Louis Fire Department.
"As a paramedic you're licensed to provide what's called advanced life support," explains Fryer.
On most weekend days and some weekday nights you will find
Fryer saving lives.
It all began when he was asked to be on the board of directors of the old July 4 celebration, the VP fair. His job the first year was driving the golf cart for a paramedic.
"It was a very hot year, the first several years of the VP Fair was very hot and the crowds large and the medical emergencies were numerous. So we had a lot to do," recalled Fryer.
You could say the idea of helping people, appealed to him.
So he went to school to become an EMT and later a full-fledged paramedic.
"When they told me he was a lawyer, I said you guys have to be kidding!" says Yvonne Ewing, a paramedic supervisor with the St. Louis Fire Dept.
Even after seven years with the department there are still people who don't know that Ned Fryer leads a double life.
"Ned is conscientious," says Ewing. "He's a hard worker. He doesn't duck and dodge. He gets down and dirty just like the rest of us."
In this job, instead of the statute of limitations he worries about
ventricullar fibrulation. While according to Ned there's still an intellectual challenge, there's also an adrenaline rush.
"That's one aspect of this job as opposed to my other job. Rarely are the moments quite as exciting," says Fryer.
What his colleagues find most impressive is Ned's ability to
stay calm in any situation. What you might find most impressive is that Ned does it all for free.
"I'm paid but I contribute my salary to the St. Louis fire department life saving foundation," says Fryer.
The life saving foundation trains first responders and helps provide the department with up to date equipment and technology.
If you're keeping score at home that's 2 jobs. 12 hours a day.
Often 7 days a week. In making their case, some lawyers tend to overstate things. Ned, apparently is the master of the understatement.
"I have a very understanding family," he says.
So the next time you hear a siren, pull over. There could be a lawyer on board that
ambulance making his case for the benefits of dedication and compassion.
Ned Fryer enjoying a life where there's never a dull moment.