Friday, January 3, 2014
Paramedic Crew Chief Scott Chisholm, 30, of Ladson has a charming grin and personality.
Born in Cleveland, his parents came here to retire and he came to visit when he was 20 and stayed.
“I was working part time as a veterinary tech but I have too much of a soft spot for animals. I was flipping through the Trident Tech catalog and [was interested in the paramedic offerings] so then I did a ride along with DCEMS and really enjoyed it.”
So he got his Associate’s in Paramedicine. “I was one of the first graduates of the Trident program.”
“I went right to work with DCEMS,” he says. That was seven years ago. And he plans to stay until “I physically can’t do it anymore.”
He says he might like to work his way up to Lieutenant but has no interest in administration.
He is interested in training in critical care, special ops and, TEMS – Tactical EMS to stand by with SWAT teams.
He is already trained in hazmat, rope rescue and swift water rescue as well as a Clandestine Lab Technician – identifying drug labs for EMS. He is one of only three or four in the county trained as a CLT.
A middle child with two older sisters and a younger brother he lives with his three-legged companion, Triple. He says he adopted Triple – a Pomeranian Shepard mix – while he was “doing my vet thing.”
When not working a 24/48 hour shift, he enjoys playing soccer, working out and is currently doing cross fitness. He likes watching soccer and football, he says.
One of his real pleasures, though, is “hanging out with my niece Arden, 4, and nephew Tyler, 20 months. I take them to the children’s museum.”
His worst experience as an EMS, he recalls, was “this guy was driving on the highway and was clipped and his truck rolled…no people were hurt but the dog was ejected and killed. The guy fell to his knees when he saw his dog…I can’t get that out of my head.”
He also remembers an hellacious crash with a minivan filled with kids. “There was a four-year-old entrapped and prior to them getting her out I snaked my way through twisted metal to help her…we couldn’t save her.”
His best experiences, however, are delivering babies. He has delivered seven on his own, he says, and helped with numerous others.
“I am lucky to do [deliver] way more than most! It is my favorite thing, to deliver babies.”
The majority of his deliveries, he says, were while he was on random shifts in Harleyvile and St. George…because it takes so long to get to the hospital.
“I had one woman in Harleyville where I delivered her seventh and ninth child. She remembered me.”
His work goal is to become a flight medic.
His life goal is to “find a wife and make babies.”
And perhaps deliver them?