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We know, we know……it’s Monday *insert crying emoji here* However, we all have to get that extra shot of espresso and own the day!

Shift Supervisor and Paramedic Joe Mata wanted to drop in and say “howdy everyone”

My name is Joseph Mata and I have been married to my wife Paula for going on 15 years now.  We have a son together, two bonus daughters and two dogs.  We live in the best community in Scott County, the Canewood Subdivision.

1. Where are you originally from?

I am originally from Wisconsin.

2. What are your hobbies, interests, etc?

My hobbies include golfing, being outdoors, spending time with my family.

3. How did you become interested/get started in EMS?

How I got into this field.  As most people, we start in restaurants, which is the field I was planning on staying in, I worked under an executive chef for 10 years and one day I came home and decided that I wanted to do something fulfilling, meaningful and that had purpose.  I saw that Lexington Fire was hiring, I went to an interview and asked what would make it easier to get into the service.  They said to go get your EMT license.  I went to a local school and attained that and went back, they said that I should now go and get some experience.  I worked in Jessamine County for about a year and at that point I was hooked and decided to stay in this field.

4. What brought you to Georgetown?

After I had left Lexington we moved to Taylorsville, KY and I worked in Louisville at a private service while I completed my training for my paramedic license with U of L and the university hospital.  Once that was completed, I searched around the area of a new home and service to work for, we had family already here in Georgetown and I had always heard so many great things about this service, so here we are.

5.  What is your position at GSCEMS?

My position with this service in Operations Supervisor for Second (To None) Platoon.

6. Where did you go to Paramedic/EMT school?

It was originally through the University of Louisville, but now Jefferson Community College has since taken over the program

7.  What is your favorite thing about EMS/your job?

My favorite part about this job?  Being able to be there for someone when they need it the most and my interaction with the community.

8. What is one thing currently that you would change about EMS as a whole? 

The perception. At some point we changed from clinicians to “ambulance drivers.”  Most people only see us for brief periods, we are there, we get the patient and initiate a quick transport to definitive care.  At large scale scenes, such as car wrecks, everyone sees the police and fire department, but we are never on scene for long. There also seems to be some mystery as to what, as clinicians, we are actually capable of doing and what care we can provide.

9. What is one place in Scott County that you would take a visitor?

The place I would take someone who was a visitor would be Great Crossings Baptist Church.  I love the history of this county.  There is a small cemetery located in the back that has a few headstones that date back to as far as, I believe, 1772!  That’s fascinating to me.

Tacos and Tuesdays go together like reading our #TechTuesday post and getting excited for the next one! So, have another taco and get to know all about Korey!

My name is Korey Brooks. Born and raised in Louisville where I started my career in EMS and worked for 6 years. I came to work for Georgetown-Scott county EMS in 2019. When not at work I enjoy time with my two sets of twins and wife. I plan to further my education and obtain my Paramedic license soon. 

1) Where are you originally from?

I’m originally from Louisville but now reside in Frankfort.

2) What are your hobbies, interests, etc?

I enjoy spending time with my kids, wife, and my Great Dane, Oakley. When not working ems i enjoy working my other job in construction. 

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

I started out as a volunteer firefighter  in Louisville where I quickly became interested in furthering my career in emergency services. I decided to get my EMT and quickly fell in love with EMS. 

4) What brought you to Georgetown?

I came to Georgetown to be closer to home and a 24/48 rotation that allowed me to be home more with my family. 

5) What is your position at GSCEMS?

I’m an EMT on third platoon

6) Where did you go to Paramedic/EMT school?

I obtained my EMT certification through Louisville. 

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

My favorite thing about my ems career is being able to create a sense of calmness for those experiences on one of their worst days. 

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

Public involvement and outreach. Developing a Community Paramedicine program in Scott county. 

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

Probably to stamping ground to see the many views of farm land with sunsets

Monday may end the weekend and mean you have to put on your business clothes, but that’s okay because you get to meet our #MedicMonday! Don’t worry, he isn’t a fan of Monday’s either!

Today, Director & Paramedic Chris Runyon wanted you to know more about him!

Tell us about yourself

 Besides being old, and constantly being reminded of that when I’m at work, there’s not much to know.  I am married to Angela, we met in high school and after a few years of her trying to decide if I was “the one” we married in 1990 – yes that’s 30 years ago, thanks for doing the math!  We have two children, our daughter, Sarah, who is currently working on her graduate degree in education (yes, it’s true she gets all her smarts from me); and our son, Seth, who, thanks to the pandemic, had to give up living in sunny Florida and move back to Kentucky.  He is an aspiring rock star (hard to believe but yes, it’s true – he gets all his talent from me).  We also have a granddaughter, Bristol who will be 2 this summer (lucky for her she gets all her adorableness from me).  What fortunate kids to have such good genes!  Of course, I couldn’t NOT mention my 11-year-old dog-daughter Lilly.  She really is the best!

1)Where are you originally from? 

 Pike County, KY.

2) What are your hobbies, interests, etc.? 

I am a big sports fan; football, basketball, baseball, NASCAR, poker – pretty much if it involves competition and somebody is keeping score count me in!  I also enjoy woodworking, a good book, and a good glass of bourbon (come to think of it I don’t think I’ve ever had a bad glass of bourbon). 

3) What got you interested/started in EMS? 

I was working in the coal mines in WV when new laws were passed that required each mine to have a certain number of EMTs on the jobsite.  The mining company offered an opportunity to attend EMT Class and I volunteered.  When I did my ride time during EMT Class I knew immediately what I wanted to do with the rest of my life.

4) What brought you to Georgetown?

 I moved back to Kentucky, from South Carolina, in 2013 to help the family with some medical issues.  We moved to Lexington and I worked there for a few years before accepting a position with GSCEMS.

5) What is your position at GSCEMS? 

Director or Head Flunky – I’ll answer to either.  Those are the titles people call me in public, the other ones aren’t suitable to mention here.

6) Where did you go to Paramedic school?

Marshall University

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

The camaraderie, for me it’s always been about the relationships I’ve developed in this job.  I’ve never met a profession with so many sincerely caring, genuine people.  I still have friends from my first EMS job waaayyyyyyy back in 1989 and so many more I’ve made along the way!  EMS folks really are the best!

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

For me, I think it’s the recognition and the respect.  The truth is not many people understand the adversity and the challenges we face on a daily basis.  Because of that we often get overlooked when people refer to the first responder community.  I may be a tiny bit biased, but in my opinion, EMS is where you find the heroes!

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

 GSCEMS HQ of course!  There is no better place in the county!