Nurses, EMTs, combat medics, and other medical professionals banded together to form the Carpe Mortem MC for camaraderie and an escape from work pressures.
MC made up of doctors, nurses, and EMTs ban together to decompress from the stresses of life in the emergency medical field
Specialist motorcycle clubs—clubs whose membership is made up of members of a specific career or demographic like The Axemen MC or the Buffalo Soldiers—are pretty common in the States. The latest one of these niche clubs to come on our radar was the Carpe Mortem MC, a Nevada-based club comprised entirely of nurses, paramedics, combat military medics, and EMTs. Despite being well acquatinted with what happens when things go awry on a motorcycle, the members of Carpe Mortem use riding as an outlet to blow off some steam from the rigors of daily life in the emergency medical field.
“To just get out there and ride, it helps you just kind of let it all melt away,” said an unnamed Carpe Mortem rider during a recent interview on ABC News.
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The Carpe Mortem MC crest
The club’s website says that its members all have carrying degrees of medical training, however the common bond between all of them is an appreciation for “motorcycles, camaraderie, and the drive to help our fellow person when injuries happen”.
“If we see somebody on the side of the road, whether it’s (a lack of) gas, mechanical breakdown, or somebody that just needs help, we all stop always and help them,” Carpe Mortem Vice President, Rich Sheldon tells ABC News.
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One obvious question that comes up a lot for the members of Carpe Mortem is how and why they themselves—who frequently see deaths and injuries from motorcycle crashes—still want to ride?
“I get asked the question a lot about, ya know," said member Derek Prucha. "'Why do you ride motorcycles? Isn’t it dangerous? People die on motorcycles all the time, you must see that’, and yeah I do, but if I’m scared of what I see on the job I can’t live. I have to go past that fear and make a life for myself. Otherwise, what is there?”
“It’s like having a therapist you don’t have to pay for,” says medic and Carpe Mortem rider, Derek Prucha.
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For more info, you can check out the Carpe Mortem Motorcycle Club website by clicking here.