FRAMINGHAM – Charlie Tibbert is a long-time resident of Framingham. He is a former paramedic, third-generation firefighter and a retired lieutenant of the Framingham Fire Department.
Tibbert has been working with the MetroWest Medical Center team since 1979. He started his career with the hospital as a secretary and became a nurse in 1987. Currently, he is a nurse in the radiology department at the Framingham Union Hospital.
Just over 5 miles away, Charlie’s son Brendan works as a nurse in the Emergency Department at Leonard Morse Hospital in Natick.
Brendan is the oldest of three boys and remembers being introduced to the healthcare industry at an early age.
“I remember waiting in the break room while dad finished up work,” said Brendan.
“When he graduated high school, he told me he wanted to take paramedic courses,” explained Charlie.
“When I took my courses, it only cost maybe $75. When Brendan did his, it was more than $1,000, but it’s what he wanted to do so I paid it. I’m sure me being in healthcare had a lot to do with it,” said Charlie.
After working as a paramedic, Brendan began working as a nurse in the emergency department.
“I didn’t think I wanted to be a nurse. It was a little intimidating at first but you get used to it,” said Brendan.
“I’ve been in healthcare since 2007 and don’t see a reason to leave,” said Brendan.
“Having a dad in the same industry and hospital has its perks. I get asked if I’m his son all the time, and there are fridge benefits,” said Brendan. “He still sends me food.”
“I may be a little biased,” shared Charlie, “but I think Brendan is a very good nurse.”