EMS educator uses Hispanic heritage to open doors and offer perspective

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EMS educator uses Hispanic heritage to open doors and offer perspective

EMS educator uses Hispanic heritage to open doors and offer perspective

Thu Oct 14, 2021

John Jason Flores

John Jason Flores has overcome his share of obstacles, but he prefers to focus on how his Hispanic heritage has positively impacted his life.

“It’s important that Latinos understand our contributions to this country and to the world around them,” Jason said. “Our heritage gives us a different perspective. We have good food, great music, close families and a different language.

“It opens up multiple doors and gives us an advantage in seeing the world from different angles,” he added.

A member of Brazosport College’s EMS faculty, Jason places his family as his top priority, a trait he believes is seen in many Hispanic homes.

“We understand the importance of family and everything goes from there,” Jason said. “I was adopted. My brother and I grew up in a big Tejano/Tex-Mex family with a gillion cousins.

“I tell my brother all the time that we were chosen, and that makes it very special,” he added. “We were welcomed by our entire family with open arms. Family has always been, and always will, be so important to me. Love, religion, protection, all of it, it comes from having your family at your core. It’s worth working hard to keep and protect that.”

However, this is only one of Jason’s core beliefs.

“Your word means everything,” he said. “If you say you’re going to be there, you better be there. If you say you’re going to put in the work, you better put in the work.

“You always work to be the best,” he added. “If you want to paint walls, be good at it. If you want to make fries, make the best fries. If you want to be a paramedic and make those quick, critical decisions, you have to be good at it. We were taught at an early age that you have to put in the work.”

Jason prides himself on his work ethic, but he’s also passionate about serving his community. Along with his service as a paramedic, he’s logged time as a volunteer firefighter. He credits his ability to see the world from a variety of perspectives as one of the reasons he’s earned career advancements.

“You have to look for it, and you have to see from all sides,” Jason said. “Learn from the ups and downs, trials and tribulations. Use it to open those doors.”

For Jason, another advantage is one that isn’t mentioned as often, but it might just open the most doors.

“I’m partially bilingual — about 70 percent — and that really helps you see things in a different light,” Jason said. “I will never understand some people’s resistance to being bilingual. It doesn’t make sense to allow a door to close when you could have a whole other world opened up to you.”  

Although Jason is proud of his heritage, he doesn’t want to be labeled. Instead, he prefers to be identified by the person he strives to be.

“I want to be known as a dad, a husband, a paramedic and an American,” he said. “But I’m also Tejano, Tex-Mex. I celebrate my heritage by remaining professional, serving those around me and assuring that I always keep my eyes open and my mind objective.”