Serving the Community: EMT-I Steven Shephard, Dorchester County EMS
Emergency Medical Technician – Intermediate Steven Shephard, 36, of Summerville has a large personality so it’s not surprising that in addition to his “day job” he is also a DJ.
But first the day job.
Shephard has been an EMT for 18 years. He is third generation fire and rescue. His grandfather, Lane Shephard, was the first paid Chief of the James Island Fire Department. His was a captain for JIFD and a police officer for Charleston County.
Shephard began his service career with the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office as a detention officer.
He has been with Dorchester County EMS for eight years.
He has been a member of the Charleston County Volunteer Rescue Squad for 17 years.
Shephard grew up on James Island and graduated James Island High School. He went directly into the fire department.
Then, 13years ago, he went to his dad with an idea for a business. So he and his mom and dad started it. They outfit police cars.
“So we get a contract from a police department and they send us their cars and tell us what they want in them – cameras, a cage, striping, light bars, radar – and we install it,” he explains. “And we bill them.”
Their company is Charleston Light & Siren.
Shephard says he likes being an EMT better than a firefighter. “I just worry about me and my partner,” he says, “going out there and saving lives, helping sick people…it’s the best job I have ever had.”
He says DCEMS is a more hands-on, intimate organization, “they know you by name.” This is important says Shephard.
Shephard and his wife Minta Ayers Shephard, are parents to three boys – Harlee Ayers, 19; Ryder Johnson, 18 and Weston Johnson, 16. Oh, and a Chihuahua named Mylee.
In his spare time, he says, he likes to sleep. And when not catching up on sleep, he and his wife like to ride four-wheelers.
Currently, he is building a four-wheel drive truck with a 40-inch lift for off-road fun.
“I like to build trucks,” says Shephard, “and take cruises with my wife.”
About that DJ job…in his spare time he DJs under his company name of Charleston Party Rock Entertainment. He says he has been a DJ for three years and does weddings, Christmas parties, car shows, Sweet 16s, birthday parties, corporate events…”anything!”
Shephard also likes to cook but, he says, usually his wife cooks and he cleans.
“I am not the best cook but I can read a box!”
He is also a Mason, he says.
His worst experiences, says Shephard, at the job he loves, is always those with children. “Child fatalities and a bridge jumper,” he recalls, but quickly adds that both of those happened in Charleston County. “There’s not such bad stuff up here,” he says.
His best, he remembers, was bringing someone back from full [cardiac] arrest and actually getting to shake their hand when they had fully recovered.
“That day,” he says, “I did my job.”