To the editor:

There aren’t many people who come into your life and make a significant impact. By significant impact, I mean the ones you’ll remember every time you do something important.

For me, John Teachout is that person. I was blessed to be under his training and tutelage for three years from 2006-2009 as first an intern for Ripon Guardian Ambulance in college, and later as an employee.

JT’s guidance gave me the self confidence I needed to do my job and to do it with compassion. I have remained lasting friends with Riponite Kay Zahn, and she and her husband Bob still credit me with being a part of the team that “saved her life” that day in 2009 when a fire touched their lives and farm.

I’ve been there to help numerous times at my local church in Ripon when someone needed care and most recently as a hospice social worker. I was able to recognize the signs of a medical emergency with one of the family members of our hospice patients and I hope I shared a small part in saving her life.

All those times, your training was in my mind JT, guiding me every step of the way and will continue to when I encounter future emergency situations. Godspeed JT, you gave me the courage to become who I am today. You are and always will be my greatest teacher. In God We Trust.

— Erin R. Maguire,

Hot Springs, Ark.

Former Ripon resident

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