Hibernian Radio Podcast, Sat. October 9, 2021

Maggie Murphy

Fox’s Pizza, Guinness, The Cork and Kerry Irish Pub, Flood Brothers Disposal and Chicago Firefighters Union Local 2 present the Hibernian Radio Hour as we continue on our First Responders Tour at The Cork and Kerry Pub on Western Avenue and this week we welcome our old pal Maggie Murphy to the show. Maggie grew up in St. Mary Star of the Sea and attended Maria High School. She begins by chatting about her kids and delving into her Irish heritage – her Mom was from County Clare and her father hailed from County Galway. She even shares the story about how she met her Irish husband! Houli and Maggie swap some funny stories about some of their mutual friends and the craic is mighty between the two! Maggie works as Ambulance Commander for Ambulance 54 out by Midway Airport and has been with the Fire Department for 28 years. She began working as a Paramedic in ’93 and puts her joining the Fire Department down to “divine intervention”. She explains to Houli how she survived 28 years on the job so far and how her wonderful mentor, Maureen Loughney, had a huge impact on her life and career. Maggie discusses how she makes it through her 24 hour shifts and she takes us through a typical day on the job. “I never have a bad day, I learn something everyday!” What to do when a patient refuses treatment, the importance of the Fire Department and working during a pandemic are some of the other topics these two discuss. Houli asks what differences she has noticed in her 28 years on the job and she shares some of her war stories including when she worked on a private ambulance and got a call from a 50 year school reunion. She also describes her run-in with someone at a hospital who was shouting obscenities in her face. “Never a dull moment!” Maggie shares some words of wisdom to anyone thinking of becoming a Paramedic -“Build good friendships!”. She also delves into the importance of her faith to help her through her work day. She is a member of the Gaelic Park Players and chats to Houli about some of the plays she has performed in as well as some upcoming shows in November. She was also a EMT/Paramedic Instructor at Malcolm X College, “Pay it forward, pass the baton!” There’s nothing this woman can’t do and we are honored to have her back as a guest on the show! Then Houli brings us up to date on some upcoming local events followed by the recent obituaries. We finally head on over to “Houli-Town” to end another great show!