Joe is originally from Chicago, IL but says “I’ve been lucky enough to be living in Hawaii for the last 17 years and part time in the Philippines for the last 10 years”. Joe has been riding since the age of 12 starting with a 65 cc Benelli mini-bike with proceeds from selling lemonade and cookies in front of a busy construction site. He then graduated to a 76’ Harley Sportster and began blazing the streets of Chicago. Currently Joe is riding a 2013 Tri-Glide in Hawaii and a custom springer trike in Dumaguete, Philippines where he enjoys riding through the mountains.
Joe’s interest in emergency medicine started when he became an EMT in 1978 in Chicago. He went on to become a Paramedic Officer for the Chicago Fire Department and Scuba Diving Instructor prior to becoming a Physician’s Assistant in a freestanding rural Emergency Department. Joe received the Paramedic of the Year award in 1982 when he and his partner safely recued 36 people from a burning building at a time that was before Chicago Fire Department had a formal disaster response plan in place. In 1994, he graduated from Cook County Hospital Physician Assistant Program as Class President with Honors.
In 2001 Joe was the medic for John Bennett when he became the first person to complete an open water scuba dive to a world record depth of 1,024 ft. / 308 meters as documented by National Geographic and Guinness Book of World Records. Currently Joe is working 12 & 24 hour shifts in the Emergency Department at Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center on Oahu, Hawaii. He says “ I spend all of my free time scuba diving and riding my Harley in paradise”. Joe also has friends and family in Dumaguete, Philippines where he looks forward to teaching local bikers ASM classes.
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