David Lee Roth: Paramedic Job 'Perfect'

David Lee Roth: Paramedic Job 'Perfect'
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updated 11/16/2004 at 01:00 PM EST

originally published 11/16/2004 01:00PM

Rocker David Lee Roth has chopped his hair and toned down his high kicks in order to keep a lower profile in his new job – as a paramedic.

The former lead singer of Van Halen tells the New York Post that he has already gone on more than 200 ambulance rides through some of New York's toughest neighborhoods since he began training to be an EMT.

"It has been an eye-opening adventure," Roth, 49, says.

His past as a rock god hasn't gotten in the way of his new life-saving work. "Not once has anyone recognized me, which is perfect for me," he says.

Linda Reissman, who is Roth's EMS consultant and tutor, says the rocker is totally committed to his new line of work.

"He is very serious," she says. "You would never know you were dealing with a rock-'n'-roll guy, his commitment really is touching. He wants to help people."

Roth says he recently used a defibrillator to save the life of a Bronx woman who had suffered a heart attack.

Despite the life-and-death situations, Roth says working as paramedic isn't so different from being a rock star: "I am a member of a team again, and that's what a rock band always was."

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