Where are you from originally and what brought you to Austin?
I am from New Braunfels, TX just north of San Antonio. I still live in New Braunfels because the 24 hour on duty 72 off schedule is a great for commuting to work.
What inspired you to become a medic/What attracted you to this career choice?
When I was in high school I was trying to figure out my career path. I had a family friend that worked for ATCEMS that took me on a ride-out with him and I was hooked. Working as a medic had everything that I was looking for in a career. I wanted to work in the medical field but I didn’t want to be stuck in a building all day long. Being a Medic appealed to me because of the high speed environment in which you get to practice medicine. The unpredictability of your shift is engaging as you never know where you will being going or what you will be doing on any given day. This randomness is what keeps the job fun and interesting.
How long have you been with ATCEMS and what motivated you to work here?
I started my involvement with ATCEMS when I joined the EMS Explorer Post in 2012. I participated in training and numerous ride-outs with the department. It inspired me to put myself through EMT basic school my senior year of high school. I would get out of school and drive to EMT class during the week nights. I finished my EMT certification a few months before graduating high school and started the ATCEMS academy shortly after my high school graduation. I have been an employee for ATCEMS for 3 years and six months. During my Ride-outs in EMT basic school I realized that ATCEMS was a great place to work compared to other EMS organizations. ATCEMS also had a good work environment and top of the line equipment.
What is your favorite part about working here at ATCEMS?
I really enjoy helping people and working to find solutions to their problems. I enjoy speaking with seniors and hearing their life stories as we drive to the hospital. I like being able to be a calming force in a person’s bad day. Driving Code three (lights & sirens) is a fun perk to the job too.
If you had guests visiting Austin for the weekend, where is the first place you would take them?
I enjoy a good museum and history so I would have to show my guest around the State Capital and the Bob Bullock Museum.
What is your favorite taco joint in town?
Torchy’s Tacos is a hard place to beat. Especially the pulled pork tacos!
What do you do on your days to relax and unwind?
I do a lot of volunteer work on my days off and I also run to decompress.
Who inspires you?
My grandfather is someone who I have always looked up too. He is an insanely smart man that has unwavering character and values.
What is the next place you would like to visit? Why?
The next place on my list of places to visit is New York City. There are so many places that I would like to see in the Big Apple. I have always wanted to visit Ground zero, the Empire State Building and the statue of liberty. I also hear the food isn’t bad.
Word of advice for an aspiring medic?
It is a fun career. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and get involved. This is a career where you will never stop learning. Be like a sponge and soak up as much information as you can. There are many smart people in this career that are always willing to share their knowledge.