Where are you from originally and what brought you to Lumberton?
Born and raised in Lumberton; class of ’05.
What inspired you to become a medic/What attracted you to this career choice?
Growing up I witnessed my mother serve as a volunteer with Lumberton EMS for 15 years. When I was old enough, she allowed me to tag along and it became a passion to help others. Prehospital medicine is a passion and a calling for most. Being able to hold someone’s hand when they need help up or to grieve over the loss of a loved one is not something that can be taught in a classroom.
How long have you been with HCESD2 and what motivated you to work here?
Over the last 17 years, I have held many positions with Lumberton Fire and EMS. I started as a volunteer then transitioned to a paid position and back to a volunteer position. HCESD2 is a great department and has constantly been growing with the community. The combination of both a paid and volunteer staff allows the department to fit the community needs.
What is your favorite part about working here at HCESD2?
I love that over the years the department has not lost the drive to serve the community. Responding to 911 calls is only 50% of the department’s commitment to the community. Public relation events and public education make up the other 50%.
If you had guests visiting SETX for the weekend, where is the first place you would take them?
Hooked up to a boat and heading to one of the many bodies of water we are blessed with here in SETX.
What is your favorite restaurant in town?
Hard to pick a favorite. Very excited to see all the new choices that have come to town in the last 5 years.
What do you do on your days off to relax and unwind?
I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. Being a volunteer is also one way that I unwind as I enjoy being a paramedic.
This would be my dad and best friend. He pushed me to give 110% at everything I did. It didn't matter if I came home with a win or loss, just as long as I gave 110%. To this day, it may be the best lesson I was ever taught and I hope to pass it along to my three young ones.
What is the next place you would like to visit? Why?
Alaska, as I thoroughly enjoy fishing and hunting.
Word of advice for an aspiring medic?
There will be hard days and great days. You will see people on their best and their worst. Don’t give up and always remember help is a phone call away.