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Local paramedic formed special bond while caring for Bush

Local paramedic Josh Grzyb spent three summers caring for George H.W. Bush and got to know his family. (Josh Grzyb)

KENNEBUNKPORT (WGME) -- As 41’s health began to deteriorate throughout the years, the Bush family hired a staff of paramedics to care for him and the family.

One of those paramedics, Josh Grzyb who spent three summers along the scenic coast of Walkers Point starting in 2015.


He worked closely with the Bush family helping former President George H.W. Bush with basic day to day functions like combing his hair, and picking out his colorful socks.

“My heart was in my throat, my stomach was in knots,” says Grzyb. “I walked onto the compound and had small bits of panic because you’re going to serve the President of the United States,” Grzyb adds.

It’s a job Grzyb never dreamed of having.

And losing his own grandparents at a very young age – his relationship with George and Barbara Bush was special to say the least.

“They felt like family to me. They were very close I love them dearly. I did work for them but I also felt like I was working for my own family and helping them with day to day care,” says Grzyb.

Grzyb says Bush would support him in every way possible.

When he brought up applying to medical school to become a physicians assistant in the Fall of 2017, Bush wanted to do everything he could to make that vision a reality.

“He said son I’ll do something for you. And I said what’s that? He said I’ll write you a letter of recommendation and I couldn’t even describe the feeling at that time,” says Grzyb.

Bush wrote the letter of recommendation in February of this year.


Grzyb says thanks to the letter he got in to the Mass College of Pharmacy and Health Science.

“I just wish I had the opportunity to call and tell him that. That I got in,” says Grzyb.

He got in on Thursday, one day before President Bush passed.

“My friend, my boss, my idol had passed away. And I shed a tear because he was like family to me. He was like the grandfather I never had,” says Grzyb.

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