Nicholas Hennink has been a paramedic for 16 years now and works in Moose Jaw. He loves his job, but unfortunately because of the job and his external environment he found himself in an incredibly dark place. This involved years of pain and some time in rehab after he turned to alcohol for a coping mechanism.
Hennink considers himself one of the lucky ones who made it out and made it out healthy. He now tries to help himself by helping other paramedics and emergency service members out there by giving back and writing music.
In this recent project, it depicts the storyline of what happens after an impaired car crash and what roles each emergency service plays. It follows the storyline of what their real-life tasks would be in this type of situation.
With the help of Jared Robinson at Nebulus Entertainment, Hennink wants this to help people realize what first responders really do and thank them.
If you viewed the video, you may realize that it's all local emergency services. The Moose Jaw Fire Department, the Moose Jaw Police Service, Moose Jaw and District EMS, and health care professionals at the Dr. F.H. Wigmore Regional Hospital.
"That was my biggest goal in this was that it needed to be made with real emergency services," Hennink said. "I didn't want any actors playing the role of an emergency service member. I'm very proud to say that it is all emergency services and real services that played a part in this."
These are real-life people taking time out of their day, time out of their job, to bring people something that hopefully signs a spotlight on emergency services and what they go through.
"I think everybody was just happy to be a part of it. Unfortunately, emergency services is very much a thankless job. You know I think everybody that was involved with it wanted to show their side, wanted to show what they do. They're proud of their job, they're proud of what they do for their community and the community should be proud of them too."
Doing some extensive research, Hennink also learned this is the first ever Canadian Rock tribute to emergency services.
It doesn't stop for Hennink after this either. It's more than music for him, music is the outlet, this is about creating awareness for mental health and our emergency services, and there is more to come.