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Tell us about yourself:

34yrs old and still a baby medic myself with much to learn. I was an EMT for 10 years but worked mainly industrial and part-time for a service. When I obtained my Paramedic I went full time on the street (a 911 service). I am a father of 3 absolutely wonderful children. I love helping others.

1)Where are you originally from?

I was born in Edgewood but grew up in Daviess County, KY then moved to Northern KY around 6yrs ago.

2) What are your hobbies, interests, etc?

I love working on cars and learned most of what I know from my grandfather who was a Master tech.

3) How did you become interested/started in EMS?

I became interested in EMS after I started with the Fire service as a volunteer. After making a few major runs I hated not knowing what to do next and became interested in how I could help more in the field. I started out getting my EMR (Emergency Medical Responder) then had the opportunity to take my EMT test. After working as an EMT for awhile the opportunity came up for me to get my Paramedic so I went for it and haven’t looked back since.

4) What brought you to Georgetown?

While doing ride time to get my Paramedic, I rode as a student with GSCEMS and absolutely fell in love with the environment, the people and I knew had to be a part of it.

5) What is your position at GSCEMS?

I am a Paramedic/Preceptor

6) What is your favorite thing about EMS/your job?

Helping people of course but I would also have to add the family/brotherhood that you gain, not just with our service or even our country but across the world. Go anywhere in the world and go to a fire or EMS station, let them know that you work as a first responder and see how welcomed you are. It’s not only a job but, honestly, a way of life.

7) What is one thing currently that you would change about EMS as a whole?

The image that is portrayed about EMS and things like we are just paid to sleep. To be able to enlighten the public about what it all entails to do what it is we do, from writing protocols and having them approved, to the maintenance on the vehicles, to the nights of no sleep, and the time it takes after a call to restock the trucks, writing the reports. There is so much that is not seen that happens after a call is done.

8) What is one place in Scott County that you would take a visitor?

GSCEMS, GFD, SCFD, GPD, SCSO. If I could take a visitor anywhere it would be here to meet my family of first responders because what better way to show absolute love for  their jobs and their city than the ones who help protect and save it.

Welcome back to another #TechTuesday this week let’s meet Jonathan Hartman.

1)Where are you originally from?

Born in Virginia, raised in Harrodsburg, KY until I was 13, moved to Wichita Falls, TX. At 17 I joined the army and travelled all over: New Mexico, California, Maryland, El Paso, Iraq, Kuwait, Germany.

2) What are your hobbies, interests, etc?

Oh boy… I love carpentry, cooking, chess, reading, painting, welding, theatre, rugby, basketball, running, hiking, mountain climbing, rock wall climbing, kayaking, fishing, cast-net fishing, small-game hunting, video games, studying history, forgetting things, and something else… can’t remember what else… Oh! Cycling. 

3) How did you become interested/started in EMS?

I was a youth minister in Jacksboro, TX when I first joined the Jacksboro volunteer fire department. I was also the father to a 3-year-old boy named Jesse. He gave me a little toy fire engine and told me I was the best firefighter ever. I loved firefighting as a volunteer so much I applied to be a professional in my hometown of Wichita Falls. I was 1 of 12 that they picked out of a pool of 500 candidates. My chief said it was because I busted out that little toy fire engine in my interview and told that story.

4) What brought you to Georgetown?

I have family that lives in Lexington that I wanted to be closer to. And I just love Kentucky. The food, the weather, the trees, the landscape, the horses, etc.

5) What is your position at GSCEMS?

I’m an Advanced EMT. Which is just a weird scope of practice where I can do a few more things outside the realm of an EMT-basic, but without all the liability that comes with being a paramedic. Which is perfect for me.

6) What is your favorite thing about EMS/your job?

Helping people.

7) What is one thing currently that you would change about EMS as a whole?

As a whole: I dunno. I was told pay was not an acceptable answer. I don’t have a good answer for this one. Patience, maybe? For our department: Orange and Blue is not a great combination….

8) What is one place in Scott County that you would take a visitor?

The Weisenberg Mill is pretty neat, I think.

Hey there! It’s #MedicMonday again, this week we’re sharing our interview with Mackenzie Swatsler.

A bit about Mackenzie: I was born and raised here in Georgetown, KY. I graduated from Scott County High School and married my high school sweetheart, Cory (he chased me for months before I agreed to a first date). We have 3 beautiful girls, Ellie-12, Swazie-6 and Steelie Jo-10 months. I love everything about Georgetown and Scott County.  We are so proud and blessed to be raising our family in this amazing community.

1)Where are you originally from?

Originally from right here in good ole Georgetown, KY

2) What are your hobbies, interests, etc?

When not at work, more than anything else, I enjoy spending time with my family. I also love to fish, craft, garden and have recently taken up powerlifting with my husband.

3) How did you become interested/started in EMS?

I was already in the medical field as a CNA at Georgetown Community Hospital when I sadly and very unexpectedly lost my mother on Easter morning in 2010. A long time friend and current GSCEMS employee, Jennifer Conley, responded to the call and afterwards began pushing for me to consider a career in EMS, more specifically GSCEMS. 3 months after my mother died I was enrolled in EMT class and shortly after completion of class, hired at GSCEMS….. the rest is history.

4) What brought you to Georgetown?

Being born and raised in Georgetown gives me an advantage of knowing directions/locations in the community, knowing a lot of people here and being a social butterfly doesn’t either (Lord knows I love to talk with people and socialize). GSCEMS had such a high reputation, not only in the community, but also in the state. I get to work for the one of the best services in the state while giving back to and serving my home community. 

5) What is your position at GSCEMS?

I held an EMT position at GSCEMS for 7 years before going back to school and becoming a Paramedic on 3rd platoon

6) What is your favorite thing about EMS/your job?

I have the privilege of serving my community while helping those in need, practicing advanced skills, playing with cool medical toys and being able to get out and about to socialize. I love the anticipation of never knowing what the 24 hour shift will bring my way or what I will be challenged with.

Having the opportunity to gain another family, my first responder family, is also a huge bonus in this career field.

7) What is one thing currently that you would change about EMS as a whole?

Stealing an answer from the ever so wise, Jen Ramey. I would say that I wish others could be educated on what the role of an EMS provider is. We aren’t just “ambulance drivers” we can perform surgical airways, administer life saving meds, perform life saving skills and so many other advanced tasks all while being thrown into chaotic situations with variable environments. We are the calm, comforting and knowledgeable presence to the, at times, chaotic storm.

8) What is one place in Scott County that you would take a visitor?

It’s so hard to pick just one but I would simply take them to Main Street to enjoy the local restaurants, pubs, shops and bakeries.