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Plenty can be said of David Demby. What you can’t say about Demby is that he’s inactive. “I’m tied up all the time,” Demby said.
So true because Demby is a man wearing many hats.
He’s an army reservist, a Lancaster County Emergency Medical Services paramedic and time as a field training officer with the Lancaster County EMS.
One time when Demby had to pause for some time came earlier this spring when he was awarded the Paramedic of the Year.
The award came March 23 when he was honored during the S.C. Emergency Care Symposium in Myrtle Beach.
Demby, 37, was nominated by fellow medics through letters of praise for the honor which is given annually from the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control’s division of EMS and Trauma.
Demby said he was surprised.
“I had no idea all the folks would write such nice things about me,” he said. “It’s flattering to know so many people think well of you. They put a lot of time in those letters.”
He also received honors for Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and Registered Nurse of the Year.
Lancaster County Council also honored Demby for his honors and achievements.
Demby has had plenty of experience in helping people across the globe.
He served in the U.S. Army Reserves and holds the rank of master sergeant. He says he’s proud of his work with medical readiness for soldiers as part of the Division Surgeon’s Office in the 108th Training Command based in Charlotte.
“I look at reserve health readiness and medical readiness for deployment just making sure soldiers’ numbers are right,” he said.
In his first and last deployment, Demby was sent to Baghdad as part of a National Peace Transition Team. He performed those tasks from 2006-2007.
Today he devotes countless hours as a field training officer for EMS, helping ready medics and other medical professionals in several techniques.
He also works with medical professionals, such as those at Springs Memorial Hospital emergency rooms, to help saves lives.
At the same time, he is also pursuing a nursing degree from Grand Canyon University.
Demby is a prime example of keeping busy and focused on life’s goals and making a difference in the world.
We wish him the best in his future endeavors, and we salute him for his recent honors.
Demby deserves to take a bow, but likely won’t because he’s busy making a difference in our community, state and world.