Zach Almond, 31, grew up just outside of Waco in a little town called Robinson. He was bright young man who knew he was musically talented from a young age. By the time he was 15 he was leading worship at his church and leading a “heavy metal” band based out of Waco. When he was 16 he headlined for the “Royce Montgomery Variety Show” along with other local celebrities such as Ann Harder and Flyleaf.
While he loved his music, he discovered a much deeper passion in taking care of the sick when he helped nurse his dying grandmother. He went from daydreaming about performing to sold out arenas to saving lives in a battlefield hospital for the US Army.
He did everything he could to make that dream a reality, but he discovered he was ineligible for the Army and he was unable to get a waiver in order to enlist.
So his dream took a twist. He discovered the opportunity to become a fully trained medic in Australia and jumped at the opportunity. He got the training, fulfilled his service obligation to the Australian Health Service, and decided to see more of the world and applied to be a medic for the National Health Service in London, on his way to becoming a doctor.
Enter the COVID-19 crisis.
Since the COVID-19 crisis began, London has seen thousands of patients admitted, hundreds die, and just about all their health workers on the front lines exposed to the deadly virus.
Zach is one of them.
At the moment, Zach and several of his “mates” (from what I gather, that’s British for friends) have all caught the virus and are quarantined. He’s planning to spend his time in quarantine watching Netflix, drinking PG Tips, and ensuring his body has enough nutrients to fight off the nasty bug.
When his quarantine is over, he’s going to be back at the heroic task of saving lives. In fact, he said he’d like to be back in the fight in as little as 7 days if his boss will let him.
Although he says he’s looking forward to a vacation back home to see his friends and family.
And definitely drink a Shiner at George’s.
We’ll be waiting for you, Zach. Get well soon.