If we treat Monday like we do Friday, do you think we could make it a Monday party?! Okay, okay, okay….I get it. That won’t happen. But we can all smile a little bit because it’s #MedicMonday
Paramedic David Herlensky wanted to swing by to show you a magic trick….but he forgot his hat at home. Instead, he is going to introduce himself!
My name is David Herlensky. Even though I have only been with Georgetown Scott County EMS for just a few months, I have been a Paramedic since July of 1995. I first joined a Volunteer Fire Department in Ohio in June 1992 at the age of 17. I spent most of my career in Ohio before moving to Kentucky. During this time, I worked as a Volunteer, Private EMS, Critical Care Transport, and Full time Fire Department where I was captain of EMS Operations. I currently maintain my National Registry, Kentucky, and Ohio Paramedic. I also maintain my Ohio EMS CE Instructor, Ohio Firefighter II, Fire Instructor, Fire Inspector, Fire Investigator, and Hazmat Specialist.
Aside from working for Georgetown Scott County EMS, I am an Intermittent employee with the US Department of Health and Human Services as part of the National Medical System. As part of this, I respond to Federally Declared disaster areas where the healthcare system has been compromised such as Hurricanes or other natural or man-made disasters. I also respond to large events that have been determined to be National Security Interest. Some of the more Notable places I have gone include Hurricane Katrina and Rita in 2005 and Hurricane Irma and Maria in 2017. I went to the Salt Lake City Winter Olympics, 2 separate Republican Conventions, and two separate Presidential Inaugurations. Most recently in 2020, I was in Texas working in a Covid unit and in Lake Charles, LA with Hurricane Laura.
1)Where are you originally from?
I was born in San Bernadino, CA on George Air Force Base.
2) What are your hobbies, interests, etc?
When I am not doing EMS, I enjoy working with horses and spending time with my family.
3) How did you become interested in/get started in EMS?
When I was 15, I was involved in a farming accident where I rolled a tractor and was pinned underneath it for 45 minutes before being freed. Getting to know these brave men and women after the fact got me interested.
4) What brought you to Georgetown?
I moved to Georgetown when I moved in with my wife. She has lived here for many years.
5) What is your position at GSCEMS?
Paramedic on First Platoon
6) What is your favorite thing about EMS/your job?
There are so many things, it is hard to narrow them down. I enjoy helping people and the feeling you get when helping others in their time of need. I also enjoy the friendships that develop, not just locally, but nationally and internationally also. It truly is like having a second family.
7) What is one thing currently that you would change about EMS as a whole?
If I could change just one thing about EMS, it would be the public’s understanding of what we are and what WE do. Compared to other medical fields, EMS is still in its infancy. Because of this, people don’t quite understand us. The public understands the if they call 911, we will show up and try to take care of them. Often, hospitals and other medical professionals don’t understand what our capabilities are. Because of this, I believe EMS is often misused.
8) What is one place in Scott County that you would take a visitor?
Scott County is such a beautiful place it would be impossible to narrow
it down to just one.