From Visual Effects to First Responder Reality


Congratulations to the Cypress Creek EMS Volunteer of the Month, Aaron Nunez. Aaron joined CCEMS as an EMT-Basic on July 31, 2017. Since then, he has donated 265 hours of his time. He was presented with his award by Board President Ruben Gonzales, Jr. at the May Meeting of the CCEMS Board of Directors.

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Aaron’s journey to get to CCEMS is pretty interesting.

A few years ago, he was living in L.A. doing computer visual effects for a company that does color correction and other finishing touches on movies like Star Wars and other blockbusters.

One day while riding his bike to work in Studio City, he witnessed and Auto/Pedestrian accident. A mother walking her young daughter to school were both hit by a truck. Aaron says, “No one did anything to help.” So, he jumped in to do what he could until first responders arrived. Unfortunately, the mother did not survive but the little girl did and it set Aaron on a brand new path.

He moved home to Houston, enrolled in Lone Star College and got his EMT-Basic. Afterward, he got a job at a grocery store warehouse as an on-site medic. He also tutors students at Lone Star College in Biology and Science and volunteers at a Free Health Clinic.

But, Aaron wanted to do more. He wanted 9-1-1 ambulance experience. He asked around at work. He says, “Everyone I talked to said Cypress Creek EMS is the best.”

So, last April he attended volunteer orientation, worked his probationary period and officially earned his red shirt last July. He says that he found a great mentor in Paramedic Evan Todd and usually works with him.

Aaron says his next step is to go back to college to become a Physician’s Assistant specializing in emergency medicine.