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Mondays with sunshine just don’t feel the same as other Mondays. That could be the coffee talking though! Either way, it’s Monday which means shake off the weekend vibe and put on your party shirt…..we mean your business shirt!

Paramedic Jon Oesterman stopped by to show off his party shirt, but he spilled coffee on it. So he decided to put on his business shirt and introduce himself!

“Jon is a lost buckeye!” I’ve been involved in pre-hospital healthcare in some shape or form since 2002. I currently work as the Education Coordinator here at GSCEMS, which, in my opinion, is the coolest position here. I have the pleasure to help our crews stay sharp in the care we can provide, I also get to help with other responders in Scott county whether it’s providing CPR training, Stop the Bleed courses, or device-specific training.

1) Where are you originally from?

I grew up in a one stoplight town called South Amherst, Ohio. Before moving to Kentucky I lived in Oberlin, Ohio.

2) What are your hobbies, interests, etc?

I love reading! I also enjoy photography, getting out in nature and capturing the beauty here. I love (miss) going to concerts and sharing an experience with the crowd there. I also love the challenge that is Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

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

I had an interesting path. As a child I grew up on a road that had several severe car accidents on it. I remember once while I was six that the local air medical team was called for one of the bad accidents nearby. The helicopter landed next door to my house and I was captivated. Fast forward some years, I joined the volunteer fire department in my home town and they sent me to EMT school. I started working in EMS in an industrial city nearby and I was hooked.

4) What brought you to Georgetown?

I actually moved to Kentucky from Ohio to work as a Firefighter-Paramedic at a different agency. While I worked there full time I heard stories about GSCEMS and how forward thinking the service was. I applied and was hired here as a part-time paramedic in 2016.

5) What is your position at GSCEMS?

My shirt says Education Coordinator. But, I’m also a Paramedic.

6) Where did you go to Paramedic School?

I attended the Lifecare EMS Academy in Elyria, Ohio. They actually taught my EMT class, then several years later I went back for Paramedic school.

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

As an educator, I love seeing the “Lightbulb” moments where a person goes from no clue, to getting it. As a Paramedic, the favorite thing about my job is when my partner and I are firing on all cylinders and we’re in that flow state, just effortlessly providing care to our patient.

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

Great question, EMS is still a young profession in the house of medicine. I think there are several things holding us back. I think we need to shed the image of first responders. We’re healthcare workers that drive trucks with lights and sirens. We provide healthcare to those in need, where they are. EMTs and Paramedics have a very unique character in our ingenuity, ability to prioritize, and execute. We need to embrace continuing education as this past year has definitely demonstrated how quickly medicine can change and what we thought would work ends up being incorrect. My last thought, EMS needs to embody having a growth mindset to remain successful. Every patient is a new challenge and we need to see each experience as an opportunity to grow and further develop.

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

One place? Sheesh that’s difficult to nail down. I don’t think we could go wrong with a visit to Far Out Espresso to sit outside and sip some coffee (caffeine is yet another love of mine).

In honor of National Stop The Bleed Day on May 20th, we are offering TWO public Stop The Bleed classes! Guess what else?! They are FREE!!


When: Thursday, May 20, 2021. One class at 12:00 P.M. Second class at 5:00 P.M.
Where: Scott County Public Library (104 S Bradford Lane, Georgetown, KY 40324)

In just one hour, you can learn how to save a life! The class is open to people of all age groups. We are firm believers that you are never too young to start learning. You will get to meet multiple instructors, all of which are employed with GSCEMS. The max capacity per class is 30 students. Make sure to reserve your seat before they are all gone!

Register for the class HERE.
Once you have opened the link it will take you to an Eventbrite event. Here you can pick which class time works best for you!

Instructor Line-up:

Zack Cornett EMT
Instructor: Stop The Bleed, BLS/CPR
Korey Brooks EMT
Instructor: Stop The Bleed
McKayla Brandenburg NRP
Instructor: Stop The Bleed, BLS/CPR

If you have any questions, please feel free to call our headquarters at (502) 863-7841 or you can email one of the instructors, Zack Cornett, at zack.cornett@scottky.gov

We can’t wait to see everyone there!!

Tuesday, Tuesday, gotta get down on Tuesday! (Don’t worry Rebecca Black, we knew this was what you meant to say in your song!) Think we can get her to record a song about #TechTuesday or is that too much?

EMT Jackson Lyons dropped in because she heard there were tacos. Turns out, no tacos. So she decided to let you all get to know her.

I am a dog mom to a little Border Collie puppy named Lilah, who happens to be the cutest. I am the youngest of two. My older brother is my best friend! I love all genres of music. I am awful at talking about myself! I am very outgoing.

1) Where are you originally from?

Lived in Kentucky my whole life, raised in Nicholasville, spent the last few years in Lexington

2) What are your hobbies, interests, etc?

I love painting and drawing, when I’m bored I usually drive around with windows down or play with/train Lilah.

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

I was a sophomore in high school when I became interested in the medical field. So I decided to take an EMS class and loved it from there. I loved the on-your-feet thinking and not sitting at a desk all day.

4) What brought you to Georgetown?

I did my ride time a year or so ago at GSCEMS and I loved the crews and environment here and knew that’s where I wanted to work when I got my license 

5) What is your position at GSCEMS?

EMT

6) Where did you go to EMT school?

Southside Technical School

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

The people you meet and get to help. But also, how happy they are that you are there to help. Even the work family you become a part of is like no other.

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

Probably how appreciated EMS is.  A lot of people don’t understand how much EMTs and medics do and how much they go through for their patients

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

Hmmmm…..I’m not sure!  I’m not from here, why don’t you all tell me where to visit!