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EMS left big impression on boy

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Dustin Roberts

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.
When I became a teenager, I played football with Buford High School. Danny Plyler was our team medic. Danny and another medic I knew from the community, Sonny Plyler, told me about the Emergency Medical Service and the auxiliary program.
When I turned 18, I joined the Lancaster County EMS Auxiliary Team and started my career in EMS. I received my EMT basic certification from York Technical College and my two-year associate in science degree from the University of South Carolina Lancaster. I continued my medical career by receiving my EMT intermediate and, ultimately, my paramedic certification.
I have been with Lancaster County EMS for 10 years and I am a field training officer and tactical medic. I enjoy this career choice because of the great people I have met, come to befriend and learned so much from.