Serving the Community — Emily Alber, Dorchester County EMS
With a 40-carat grin Emily Alber displays the lovely diamond ring on her finger. “We’re getting married in May.”
The other half of “we” is her best friend since they grew up down the street from each other.
Alber, 24, of Ladson is a paramedic with DCEMS. She has been a paramedic for three years and with DCEMS for a year and a half.
She began her career with a private ambulance service – Stat – in West Ashley.
“I loved patient care but I didn’t get to use my skills,” she said, “I love the changing pace of 911.”
Born in Colorado, Alber moved here when she was in fourth grade and graduated from Cathedral Academy. She then went to Trident Technical College for her paramedic schooling. She worked full time and was a full time student.
“I think my grandmother did medical stuff in WWII,” she says, “my grandfather was a pilot.”
Her mom works at the Charleston passport office and her dad is with Kapstone overseeing hazmat and tracking where everything is. She has a sister in Columbia.
Trained as a CNA, Certified Nursing Assistant, as well, she is going to try out for search and rescue, she says. She notes there are certain agility skills necessary while wearing a heavy pack.
Eventually, she may go back to school to get a BS in nursing to work either in an ER or as a flight nurse.
“Being a nurse would give me a more normal schedule for down the road when I might have kids.”
Her bad experiences as an EMT, she says, are usually “when we have family members grieving over a loved one who has passed.”
The best are when “you have a really sick patient and you turn them around before getting to the hospital,” she says. “Also, the ones who say ‘thank you.’”
Her fiancé is Kyle Wylie, who works for Dorchester District Two in IT.
They are parents to a mixed Lab, Mia.
“I’ve known Kyle since 4th grade…we lived down the street from each other. I am the girl next door,” she laughs.
They will have been dating for 10 years as of April 2014.
Her shifts are hard on them sometimes, “but we text, I call and say goodnight. I get two days off after a 24-hour shift so I get to see him then.”
When she is not working a 24/48 shift, she is, well, “wedding planning!”
She also spends time with good friends having lunch, or playing with the dog.
They go to friends’ sons’ football games and they enjoy college football especially Gamecocks.
She enjoys decorating and doing “crafty stuff.”
“I am making bridesmaid’s necklaces and stuff,” she says.
In high school Alber was a cheerleader and played basketball.
She and her fiancé will often head up to Lake Moultri to relax, she says.
However, they recently moved into a new house so she will spend her off time trying out new recipes.
She got her ring August 23, “when we closed on our new house.”
Eventually, down the road, she says, they will start a family. For the moment, she laughs, “maybe another dog?”
Her life goals are to “marry my best friend next year, eventually have a family…be happy. I am pretty laid back…I just go with the flow.”