Serving the Community — Don Smith, Dorchester County EMS

  • Friday, December 13, 2013

A.M. Sheehan/Journal Scene Don Smith

EMT Basic Don Smith, 22, of Summerville, has wanted to be an EMT since he was an Explorer at Fort Dorchester High School.

“My dad was a firefighter, so I saw that side of it. And I saw what EMS does…you get to see more people as EMS.”

He is, however, a volunteer firefighter so he keeps his hand in the fire side as well.

Currently, however, he is planning to attend Trident Tech to get his paramedicine certification. Eventually, he hopes to become an RN.

He has not only trained as an EMT but also has training in auto extrication and low angle rope rescue using ropes and pulleys. He also has his fire certifications.

“I like Dorchester County,” he says, “and would like to work toward crew chief and supervisor.”

His very worst experience, he says, that still haunts him occasionally, was a fire call to a cement factory where a man got caught in a cement-breaking auger. “He was still alive when we got there and I was the last person he said anything to.”

His best, was the other extreme. “We had a man fall [cardiac arrest] and we had to shock him a few times and do CPR. We saved him. I went to see him in the hospital and it was really cool to see someone we actually helped like that.”

His professional goal includes being able to earn extra money as an RN instead of working double shifts. “I currently work 160 hours over a two-week period. I sleep when I get home and between calls.”

He lives with his brother Paul, a student, and enjoys fishing and he hunts when he can find the time.

His big love, however, is working on cars, which he does for family and friends. In fact, he says, he would rather be working on a car than watching sports.

He enjoys playing pool with friends and likes cooking – especially grilling.

He has a dog named Whiskey that is a cross between a Lab, Pit and Husky. “He has the personality of a Lab but looks like a Pit.”

His life goal is to marry and have a family…someday.

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