PFARS alumnus, now a surgical resident, thanks squad for its support

While it’s unfortunate that I was not able to make the trip to Princeton for my fifth reunion last weekend, I wanted to let the Princeton First Aid and Rescue Squad members know I’m thinking of them and wish them all well. The importance of the work they do is now as clear as ever, and I hope they all feel adequately supported. Also, I loved seeing the pictures of the new station! May it serve everyone well in the years ahead.

Last week, I graduated from Harvard Medical School, and next week I’ll be starting general surgery residency at Massachusetts General Hospital. In reflecting on all I’ve experienced over the past thirteen years since I first set out on this path to become a doctor, the biggest theme is that I would not have gotten here without the support of many people along the way. I am so grateful for my three years on the squad and all the lessons I learned caring for patients in the Princeton community. I realize much has been invested in me, and my greatest excitement now is that I can start paying it forward in the care I provide my patients and the mentorship I provide my students.

Thank you so much to the squad for all it’s done for me, and may it keep making an impact on trainees’ lives!  While I realize that the membership will have changed a bit since my time on the squad, please share my best wishes with anyone from the squad who may remember me.


Michael Kochis