Friday, November 1, 2013
EMT Basic William Pennington, 30, of Mt. Pleasant has been an EMT for three years. It was a given, he says, that he would end up in the medical field.
He grew up surrounded by medicine.
His mom, a single parent, would bring him to the hospital with her if she didn’t have a sitter, and nurses would take turns watching him.
“I grew up in the medical profession, I was always exposed to it, always interested and I got to see the impact it had. I remember how helping others created relationships for my mom…when she would run into patients in public.”
Pennington took the Trident EMT Basic program and went to work with a private ambulance service.
But he was soon frustrated with the daily transports and the absence of really helping people, he says.
“I wanted to do emergency/911 medicine,” he explains, “and utilize my skills.”
Emergency medicine has a faster pace and helps others in a real way instead of simply giving them a ride, he explains.
So he came to DCEMS five months ago and loves it.
“I am almost finished with paramedic school,” he grins noting that critical care school could well be next.
Through paramedic training, he has ridden with all three counties - Dorchester, Charleston and Berkeley.
DCEMS is a family, he says, “and the command staff is amazing. I chose Dorchester because of the family atmosphere.”
Although he may want to get his RN credentials in the future, he is quite sure that he also wants to stay with EMS. “I have no desire to be in a hospital.”
He agrees with every other EMT that anything to do with youth is the low spot in this career and “full arrests are no fun and I have had a handful of those.”
The best part, he says, is being there to help effect a positive outcome for a patient.
Unmarried and with no children, Pennington lives with Carly, his Black Lab.
“When you are in paramedic school, there is no spare time for a life!”
“I do my 24-hour shift one day, then school all the next day, then clinical - in hospital or on an ambulance - the third day…it keeps rotating.”
When he does have a few minutes, he enjoys taking his dog to the park and spending time outdoors especially on the water, on a boat or at the beach.
Back when he had time, he says, he used to play soccer, baseball, football and basketball - especially when he was a kid.
“I like to hunt but have no time to fish…I am always studying.”
Pennington also enjoys cooking for others and enjoys making things from scratch…like Alfredo sauce.
His goals are simple. To be happy and to be able to share that with someone. Currently, he says, that isn’t easy. “Medic school is rough on relationships.”