The Machine

I’d actually intended to just do a roundup of the interesting outfits and shirts I’d seen and have just one more marathon post, but I got diverted by this woman: Jaimee Joroff. Funny shirts are one thing, flags – for all their additional drag – are another. But firefighter gear? That’s some serious shit, even if she did concede to wear sneaks rather than boots. So I punched her number up in the MCM website and googled her name.


Near the top of the list of results was this 2004 MD press release. Ms Joroff is apparently wearing EMS gear because she is an EMS technician. An EMT who finished training despite being in an arm cast. A year after graduation she participated in a challenge that involved climbing seventy-five flights of stairs. In full protective gear, tank included. I don’t know if any of you have ever SCUBA dove, but I have enough trouble lumbering my ass over to the edge of the boat and letting gravity do the rest of the work to get into the water. Even if the tank is one-fifth the weight… I don’t think I’m making 75 flights if you strapped helium balloons to me, much less a metal air tank.

One of the other Google results was about the 2005 winner of the Harpist of the Day award given out at the Richmond Highland Games and Celtic Festival. No no, it’s not Ms Joroff…. she was the 2004 winner. That year’s event was the 23rd and 24th of October. The week before she was running the marathon to raise money for the Burn Foundation’s Summer Burn Camp for Children, according to the above-linked MD press release.

All the other results are similarly race results and/or information on monies raised for charity. If she’s not working hard to save lives at work she’s doing it to save lives indirectly, though she might take some time off to make money for charity with her harp playing.

Here’s to you, Ms Joroff. I appreciate that you’re out there working to help us all and it tickles me to know that someday I might have my life saved by an award-winning harpist marathon runner with a heart of gold. Thanks for making the world a better place in what seems like your every waking moment.

3 Comments so far

  1. Jennie Wicker (unregistered) on November 1st, 2006 @ 9:18 am

    Jaimee is actually wearing FIREFIGHTING gear because she is a firefighter paramedic for Prince George’s County, Maryland. And as an addition to what you have written: she and a Fairfax paramedic noted the runner who went down at the start of the marathon and performed CPR for 15 minutes until an ambulance arrived. They both then went on to finish the marathon in less than 5 1/2 hours, Jaimee in full gear, then found out that the runner they helped survived and is to be released from the hospital later this week. Plus she continued to work at 7pm that night and put in 24 hours on one of the busiest medic units in the state of Maryland.

    Jaimee is an unbelievably extraordinary person who participates in these events to benefit Burn Foundation Camps for children. Just bragging because I am proud that Jaimee is my partner at work!

  2. Kevin W. Parker (unregistered) on November 1st, 2006 @ 8:57 pm

    Apparently one of the best stories about Jaimee is no longer online: at the Grandfather Mountain Celtic Festival back in July, she ran the marathon in the morning, then played in the harp competition in the afternoon – and won!

    She’s an amazing young lady whom I’m proud to have known these past ten years.

  3. annie (unregistered) on November 13th, 2006 @ 11:36 pm

    All I can say is wow. I am a captain in a small fire department in South Carolina and received the article about Jaimee via our department email. I am blown away. What an inspiration to women, and to people, everywhere. Congratulations on your save, Jaimee. What a day that must have been for you!

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