New Website for Emergency Services Workers Offers Support, Banter

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John J Meyer, former Marine, fire fighter, and paramedic, turns lemons into lemonade, segues from disabled-in-the-line-of-duty to stalwart guardian angel of those who continue to serve

An emergency services catalog store isn't what I was born to do, but it's what I decided to do after my first choice of career was taken from me You can take the rescue worker out of the game, but you can't take the game out of the rescue worker. I'm in this for keeps, in any way I can be, for those who continue to risk their own lives to save others.

Although the lighthearted banter and frequent laughter may seem odd considering his circumstances - disabled in the line of duty -- John J Meyer is in his element, or what's left of it.

He says simply, "An emergency services catalog store isn't what I was born to do, but it's what I decided to do after my first choice of career was taken from me You can take the rescue worker out of the game, but you can't take the game out of the rescue worker. I'm in this for keeps, in any way I can be, for those who continue to risk their own lives to save others. "

Asked what happened to cause the disability, Meyer explains, "Following a night shift emergency call, a young driver - talking on her cell phone - ran a stop sign on a major highway. We provided emotional and other basic care to her (she was unhurt), then my partner drove me to the ER. My spine was fractured and my spinal cord was damaged, as were some nerves to my leg and bladder."

After months of slow, painful recovery and occupational and physical therapy, it became apparent that returning to rescue duty would not be possible, so Meyer and his wife Michelle decided to take the cards dealt them and play them to win. With two young sons to raise (Christian and Gabriel, now 10 and 6 years old) there was little impetus to slow down.

John used his contacts and purchasing know-how to wrangle and assemble a superior line of goods and services for emergency workers, then created a website, http://www.mjs911.com, to offer them nationwide. And in September, an episode of As the World Turns will feature uniforms and vests purchased from the Meyers' online store. Smiles John, "We're suddenly becoming famous in wild and wonderful ways that neither of us could have anticipated: TV actors are wearing our garments!"

An online blog, updated frequently at the catalog website, offers insights, suggestions for work-life balance, and money-saving specials for emergency workers coupled with screwball banter. "Life is hard out there. When these unsung heroes come to my site, I want them to be able to decompress a little and find reasons to smile," he explains.

And soon the Meyer dynamic duo will roll out their next rescuer-centric entity: the not for profit MJ'S 911 Guardian Angel Foundation, established to lend a helping hand to emergency services workers whose life circumstances have caused them to need assistance themselves. Meyer says. "Rescue workers help all of us. When they need help, we need to respond as quickly as they respond to us."

Although life isn't what the Meyers planned, the wind in their sails remains strong and at their backs, pushing them to serve and bless the men and women who often mean the difference between life and death for so many others.

John J and Michelle Meyer own and operate MJ'S 911 Store in Hackettstown, New Jersey. Their online catalog store (http://www.mjs911.com) offers only superior quality good and services to emergency services personnel and other workers who use emergency services gear and supplies (veterinarians, nurses, etc.). For more information, call 908 246-6090.

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