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Faces and Places

  • Meet Your Neighbor

    Age: 44
    Address: Hampton Road
    Family: Husband, Greg, and son, Christopher
    Pets: Cocker spaniel Chance
    Job: Business License Specialist for the City of Lancaster
    Church: North Corner A.M.E. Zion
    Hobbies: Singing and spending time with my family
    Favorite books: “Waiting to Exhale”
    Favorite movie: “The Bucket List”
    Favorite food: Steak and salad
    Favorite getaways: Florida

  • Watkins inspired, ecouraged many students

    Charles C. Moore
    Special to The Lancaster News
    Enrollment from when the University of South Carolina Lancaster began classes in fall of 1959 through this semester has grown from 51 to 1900.
    Community leaders, professors, deans, students and their families, have had a hand in this ongoing higher education success story, including many behind the scenes.
    One member of this joint effort was Barbara Croxton Watkins. Watkins was a fixture in the admissions office from 1970 until her retirement in 1995.

  • Passion, love for EMS a career calling

    My mother was very sick during most of my childhood. She had colon cancer. My first experience with EMS was when I was very young and EMS had to come to our home and take my mom to Columbia because she was so ill. I remember watching the medics and thinking how smart they were and how wonderfully they cared for her. At that time I knew I wanted to be a medic.

  • EMS a rewarding experience, career

    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.

  • Bundy wanted to help those in need

    I      was working on tugboats on the Intracoastal Waterway when we heard a call over the radio from the boat in front of us.
    “Tug Royal engineer, my husband has fallen behind the wheel and is unconscious. I don’t know what to do.”
    We pulled over to the boat and performed CPR on the man until the Coast Guard and Marine Corps helicopter arrived.

  • I want to be able to save lives

    There is a 1-year-old child choking; what would you do to help? There is a 34-year-old man who collapses while walking; would you know what to do? These types of events can happen to anyone at any time. Do you know how to handle a situation of that kind?
    I am a 26-year-old Hispanic man who loves to help anyone, no matter where they are from or who they are. When someone is in need of help, I want to be the one who can make a difference or even save his or her life.

  • EMS left big impression on boy

    When I was very young, I remember the day when my great aunt was extremely sick and EMS was called to her home. My mother, several other family members and I were with her. When EMS arrived, they were working diligently and tenaciously to help her in her time of need. I remember, even at a young age, how impressed I was with how they treated her and the family.

  • Right turn changed my life forever

    Finding my way to Lancaster County EMS was the result of a quick right turn into an EMS station one day while on a family reunion trip to my brother’s home in Indian Land. Most paramedics have a curiosity about other EMS systems in areas they are visiting and I am no different. Usually I find a system that is woefully in need of better equipment, medical protocols and better personnel.

  • EMS, medics always seemed like second family

    In 1976, my mother married my stepfather, Robert Johnson, who was an EMT and shift supervisor with Lancaster County EMS. During the next several years, I read all of his EMT and medical books, which gave me my initial interest in EMS.

  • Always wanted to be street medic

    I initially received my training as an EMT through the military while deployed during Desert Storm as a hospital corpsman in the Navy in 1991. I also volunteered with Bethune Rescue Squad. When Springs Industries plant in Kershaw began its reduction in the workforce, I sought and found full-time employment with Kershaw County EMS as an EMT. I advanced to the intermediate level and eventually became a paramedic/supervisor.