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My start in EMS began when I joined the Unity Volunteer Fire Department. My chief was Dennis Robinson. Dennis was so cool during the most devastating disasters. He never got excited. He was not only a fire chief, but a hazardous material specialist, rescue-certified in many fields and an EMT basic. When I completed my fire training, I wanted to be like Chief Robinson and learn everything I could about fire and EMS.
I was working full time as an electrician; the money was good, but I wasn’t happy. I put myself through EMT school at York Technical College. Ricky Eagle, who was a paramedic, was my EMT instructor. When I received my certification, I applied the skills I learned by performing as a volunteer fireman. Lancaster County EMS was starting a first-responder program with the fire departments. Unity Volunteer Fire Department was hosting a class, so I decided to attend. Joey Coates was our instructor and told me I should apply with Lancaster County EMS. I joined the auxiliary, and then later became part time. Part time led to a full-time position, where I wore several different hats – public information officer, field training officer and now I am the C shift assistant supervisor. I have been employed with Lancaster County EMS full time for 16 years and counting. I love my job and my EMS family.