What most people don’t know, however, is that before Joel became one of America’s beloved ministers, he served on the Los Angeles County Fire Department as a pioneer in the paramedic program.
For nearly 7 years, Joel was a paramedic with L.A. County Fire Station #51. He and partner, Roy Desoto, worked with the always available Rampart hospital E.R. staff to coordinate with doctors via a portable telephone device to administer supervised medical care and prepare accident victims for transport to the hospital.
From helping guys pinned under fallen car engines, to rescuing 10 year olds lost in abandon warehouses, to freeing toy poodles trapped in chimneys, Joel and Roy saved countless lives. Their work in the early days of the fledgling paramedic program helped to establish the modern day paramedic response system through-out the U.S.
Later in his career, Joel felt the call to be a full time minister. “I had helped people put together their physical lives,” Said Joel from his church office in Houston, “Now I wanted to help people put together their spiritual lives.” As he became emotional, pastor Osteen stated with his cracking voice, “I so grateful I am able to be God’s paramedic for those with spiritual emergencies.”