Carl E. Zsido, is a MICT-Paramedic with the City & County of Honolulu Ambulance EMS Division since 1982 and is the owner and operator of Last Minute CPR & First Aid. He became an American Heart Association Basic Life Support Instructor (BLS/I) in 1982 and has been teaching American Heart Association CPR since 1982. In 1984, he started teaching First Aid. In 1996, he became an American Heart Association Basic Life Support Instructor-Trainer (BLS/IT). Also in 1996, Last Minute CPR & First Aid became an authorized American Heart Association training center. In 1999, he started teaching Bloodborne Pathogens.
Born in Old Hawaii, back in the days when you left your house with the doors and windows open and not having to worry about anybody coming in and stealing everything. No H-1 Freeway, a loaf of bread was 25 cents, gas was under a dollar, and a lot of adults smoked cigarettes.
Strokes and Heart Problems was common back then and his mom died when he was 7 years old from multiple Subdural Hematomas (Strokes) due to constantly drinking hard liquor. His dad died when he was 17 years old from complications of Open Heart Bypass Surgery (Heart Problems) due to constantly smoking 4 to 5 packs of cigarettes a day.
After graduating from Farrington High School, Lorna (his friend’s RN sister) asked “If you could be in the Health Field, what job would you like to do”. He replied, “I would like to be the guy at the accident scene, taking care of people, talking to doctor, and driving super fast to the hospital”. “An Ambulance Driver”, she replied and he stated “Yeah, that’s the guy”.
He attended EMT School, in which he failed, and when his friends laughed at him, he told them, “I didn’t fail, I just didn’t learn enough”. One day at the beach, he read a book called “The Language of Medicine” that turned everything around. He then took a bunch of courses at the local community college and passed the EMT School the following year.
The City & County of Honolulu Ambulance hired him a short time later and then he completed the American Heart Association CPR Instructor Course. He taught one class for the American Heart Association and volunteered his services with Walter's First Responder in Emergencies Class at Leeward Community College for 4 semesters.
After teaching CPR / First Aid Classes and working on the ambulance for 6 years, he attended MICT-Paramedic School and failed. His reason at that time was that he was an EMT too long. He asked certain paramedics for help and they molded him into being a paramedic. The following year, he passed the MICT-Paramedic School.
A boring story, definitely. Prehistoric, ancient times, yep you got that right. However, there are a lot of people out there that might feel inspired by reading a true life adventure story like this. They might feel that going back to school and being a doctor is far from their imagination and probably wouldn’t even try because of the thought of failing.
The bottom line is if you think that it’s your destiny to be somebody, then you get out there and be that somebody, and if you failed, then you read books or you find people that can teach you to do it right and you keep on going until you reach that finish line that says passed.
On a personal note, seeing family members over the years and unable to do anything in an emergency situation due to lack of training, has motivated me to offer more quality and complete training to the public. I sell life insurance because I give people the confidence, skills, and knowledge to save a life before it actually happens.
“Be Prepared, Learn to Save a Life Now”, yep, that’s my motto.
Awards, Recognition, and Thank You Letters
- 2011 - Hawaiian Airlines - Thank You letter for offering assistance
to a passenger in need on board a Hawaiian Airlines flight
City & County of Honolulu Ambulance Awards and Recognition
- 2010 – Commendation from a private family
- 2009 - City & County of Honolulu 25 Years Service Award
- 2007 - Commendation from the Honolulu Police Department
- 2006 - Commendation from the State EMS M & M Committee
- 1989 – Present: City & County of Honolulu Safe Driver Award
Last Minute CPR & First Aid Awards and Recognition
- 2003: American Heart Association - Hawaii recognition for the Top 10 training centers in Hawaii (ranked #10)
- 2002: American Heart Association - Hawaii recognition for the Top 10 training centers in Hawaii (ranked #10)
- 1997: Last Minute CPR & First Aid taught 2274 students.
- 1996 - Present: Authorized American Heart Association Training Center
- 1996 - Present: American Heart Association - Basic Life Support Instructor-Trainer (BLS/IT)
- 1995 - 2002: Farrington High School Health Academy - Volunteer Instructor (CPR & First Aid)
- 1991 - 1995: Kamehameha Schools - Community Education & Continuing Education Program
- 1987 - 1996: Queen’s Medical Center - CPR Department
- 1984 – 2009: State of Hawaii Department of Education - Adult
Education (Multiple Community Schools for Adults)
- 1983 - 1984: Leeward Community College - Volunteer Instructor (First Responder in Emergencies)
- 1982 - Present: American Heart Association - Basic Life Support Instructor (BLS/I) - (Multiple Businesses, Clients, &
Corporations - too numerous to list)
- 1989 - Present: City and County of Honolulu / Ambulance - Mobile Intensive Care Technician (MICT)
- 1982 - 1989: City and County of Honolulu / Ambulance - Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)
Degree, Certificates, College, and Education
- 1989 - Present: National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (PARAMEDIC)
- 1989: Associate in Science Degree (Mobile Intensive Care Technician) - Kapiolani Community College
- 1982 - 1989: National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT)
- 1982: Certificate (EMT) - State of Hawaii / HMA - EMS EMT Program