In the midst of the fast-paced and demanding nature of contemporary life, where individual aspirations frequently take precedence, there arises a unique cohort of people who stand out for their unwavering commitment to assisting those around them. Nolberto Gamboa, a 52-year-old Forest Ranger and Rescue Volunteer from Chile, embodies this exceptional dedication to altruism and community values. His involvement in various organizations, such as the Guardia Cordillera Brigade, Guardians of Nature and Ecosystem Preservation, and NGO Voluntarios Protección Civil Chile, allowed him to channel his dedication into effective emergency response and community support initiatives.
Nolberto's commitment to his role extends beyond his natural inclination to help; he has invested time in professional development as well. His extensive training as an instructor in first aid, CPR, and AED, along with his expertise in emergency response team formation, emergency services, and active shooter situations, showcases his dedication to honing his skills for the benefit of those he serves. Additionally, his role as a Stop The Bleed ambassador highlights his passion for imparting lifesaving knowledge to others.
Beyond his rescue endeavors, Nolberto is also a radio amateur, nature enthusiast, and lifelong learner. These facets of his personality underscore his well-rounded approach to life and his multifaceted commitment to service. His story is a testament renewal and continued growth.
From a young age, Nolberto was driven by a deep desire to assist those in need, a drive that has shaped his professional and personal journey. While his initial inclinations leaned towards becoming part of an emergency institution, fate had a different plan. Instead, his career unfolded along a path of community and social service, ultimately leading him to an impactful role as a Forest Ranger and Rescue Volunteer.
One vivid memory from his childhood continues to resonate with Nolberto. He witnessed a neighbor's backyard engulfed in flames and instinctively rushed in to help without considering his own safety. Reflecting on this memory, he acknowledges the risks he took while recognizing the genuine commitment that propelled him forward.
"If I analyze it today, it was a risky reaction, but my mind told me I had to do something. Over the years, I understood which path I should take. As an adult, I made the decision to join a forest unit, armed with nothing more than my eagerness to help. Many might think that the years are against me, but in my case, it was my renewal."
Throughout the years, Nolberto's understanding of his purpose solidified. His transition into adulthood included the courageous decision to join a forest unit, where he found a renewed sense of purpose and fulfillment.
Embracing the Path of Volunteering
"I believe I always had an underlying sense of the path I wanted to tread. However, life initially guided me towards pursuing a professional and economic career. Yet, several years ago, a pivotal question surfaced within me: 'Have you truly lived, traveled, experienced both gain and loss?' This inquiry prompted me to realize that it was time to dedicate the remainder of my life to answering my calling of service. It was then that I deeply comprehended the value of offering aid, of allocating my time and life to assist others, to empathize with the suffering and those in need. Since that transformative moment, I've pursued continuous improvement, striving to offer my utmost. The satisfaction derived from supporting individuals and communities has, in itself, become the most rewarding compensation. I've come to understand that wealth isn't defined by monetary abundance, but rather by the dedication of one's time to those seeking assistance. Today, I find a sense of wholeness within me."
Nolberto's extensive experience in various fields equipped him with a wealth of knowledge in prevention, active communication, and teamwork. His journey allowed him to traverse the corners of his country, gaining insights into his surroundings and participating in numerous social initiatives.
“I believe that every life experience is a lesson and guides us towards the purpose we each have in this journey.”
These experiences underscored the idea that every life event is a lesson, guiding us towards our unique purposes.
Nolberto's commitment to constant learning and growth is a testament to his determination to make a meaningful difference.
Life is full of situations and events that shape you as a person. But for me, values and beliefs come from my family, my environment, the people who have crossed my path—some of whom are no longer here but have left their mark and a path for me to follow. It's a footprint that each person decides whether to take or not. Thankfully, I chose the right path, and today I feel grateful for those who accompany me—my partner, my family, my colleagues. Each of them is an encouragement that makes you believe more in what we do and deliver.
Profound Rescues: Impactful Experiences Shaping Beliefs
Among the numerous rescue experiences and events that Nolberto has encountered, one stands out— a profound rescue of a young individual attempting suicide. This challenging situation demanded not only professional skills but also empathy and emotional support. The team managed to achieve a positive outcome, extending support, confidence, and solace to both the young person and their family. Remarkably, the young individual expressed gratitude for our presence and even extended an invitation to treat us to a meal. The success of this rescue left an indelible mark, underscoring the significance of empathy and human connection during moments of crisis.
"In such circumstances, where motives can be multifaceted, there is something profound that leaves an enduring impression— the recognition of oneself. It involves acknowledging that you have overcome the fears of performing well. Despite being prepared for various scenarios, situations can rapidly change at any given moment. This introspection underscores that achievements are possible when pursued with a heartfelt dedication to one's passions. Herein lies the essence of commitment— giving wholeheartedly without expecting anything in return."
Exploring Teamwork and Rhino Rescue
Nolberto's excitement is palpable when discussing his team, a sentiment rooted in the remarkable journey he embarked on alongside his partner Cecilia. Their shared commitment to community training led to an unexpected revelation—the magic that arises when friends and colleagues unite. Nolberto describes it as an unforeseen and cherished gift, with these individuals forming the bedrock of their efforts.
The team is a tapestry woven with threads of friendship, social commitment, volunteerism, empathy, collaboration, and support. Nolberto firmly believes that dreams and ideas aren't solitary possessions, but collective treasures. Expressing heartfelt recognition and gratitude to every member—Cecilia, his partner, Diego, Christopher, Ariel, Juan, and José—he highlights their unwavering dedication to an idea born from a dream. This idea has blossomed into a movement that continues to grow exponentially.
Their accomplishments speak volumes, ranging from witnessing personal growth within each team member to imparting professional knowledge to the community. Notably, receiving the academic license from the U.S. Department of Defense to promote and disseminate the "Stop the Bleed" campaign in Chile stands as a proud achievement. Additionally, their collective efforts have led to certifications in various areas of instruction, a testament to years of relentless refinement.
"This recognition isn't just about me; it's about what we've achieved as a team and where we aim to go."
Nolberto humbly acknowledges that this recognition, from a respected organization, offers them a chance to share a glimpse of their journey.
Nolberto also extends heartfelt gratitude to Rhino Rescue for their invaluable support, providing high-quality equipment that enhances their community training initiatives.
Satisfying Accomplishments and Future Dreams
Life's journey is a canvas of highs and lows, revealing the value of appreciating its offerings. Nolberto finds himself at a point of personal contentment, cherishing the present as life's apex. Yet, his professional journey continues, with ambitious dreams awaiting fulfillment.
One such aspiration is to become a certified medical emergency technician, not merely for career advancement, but to enrich his community's knowledge. Nolberto's vision expands beyond himself—he envisions spreading his training initiatives across Chile. He believes in democratizing knowledge, making education accessible to all corners.
Just as service has shaped his path, education now guides his forward steps. This chapter marks a juncture of accomplishment and anticipation, underscoring Nolberto's commitment to both personal growth and community empowerment. As he strides ahead, his dreams illuminate the way, tracing a route paved with service, education, and the pursuit of a brighter future.
"The fate of the wounded rests in the hands of the one who applies the first bandage."
Nicholas Senn, MD (1844-1908)
American Surgeon (Chicago, Illinois)