Andres Gutierrez, NBC 5 News
A Fort Worth ambulance service is grieving the loss of one their longtime employee. Ronnie Ferguson died last week of cancer.
Those who worked closely with MedStar Emergency Medical Technician Ronnie Ferguson say that he was the paramedic that you would want responding to your 911 call.
"He was so confident in his responsibility to care for you that he bought peace to chaos," Matt Zavadsky one of his colleagues at MedStar said.
It was that type of attitude that made Ferguson stand out at MedStar for more than two decades.
According to the company, in his 27-year career, Ferguson responded to more than 60,000 calls.
Few knew him better than Richard Ponikiewski, his ambulance partner of 17 years.
"Whenever something was going downhill, and he was in charge, he said 'that's alright, I've got this,'" Ponikiewski said.
But in 2010, Ferguson was diagnosed with colon cancer. After beating it once, the cancer eventually resurfaced, spreading to his liver and lungs.
"It started to bother me because I was beginning to wonder—will he be alright?” Ponikiewski said.
Ferguson died last week at the age of 49.
"It's like you were kicked in the gut because this guy was so vibrant, so alive, so amazing. He was larger than life," Zavadsky said.
Ferguson’s funeral service will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Mckinney Memorial Bible church in Fort Worth.