Serving the Community — Justin Miles, Dorchester County EMS

  • Friday, May 9, 2014

A.M. Sheehan/Journal Scene Justin Miles

Crew Chief Paramedic Justin Miles, 28, of Summerville grew up in Hazlehurst, Ga. He earned an associate degree from Trident Technical College.

His response to what brought him here is “it’s Charleston!”

He would like to be a physician and says emergency medicine is closest to that and the quickest way to get into the field and do that sort of medicine.

“I just started an RN program online through the Excelsior program. You can finish it in eight months or two years… it’s at your own pace.” The practical aspect of the training is a two-day seminar in Washington, D.C.

Prior to becoming a paramedic, he took a phlebotomy course and has worked for Rite Aid as a state certified pharmacy tech.

He is trained in neonatal and pediatric advanced life support, advanced cardiac support and advanced medical support.

His worst experience, he says, is babies being burned.

“Thank God that happens very rarely. They don’t do well and they don’t recover well.”

His best experience, he recalls, “was a 35-year-old who was in V-tach [ventricular tachycardia] during a cardiac incident and we were able to save him. The patient came to an in-service training and gave them a certificate and a very big ‘thank you.’”

Professionally, he hopes to continue to climb the career ladder and “bring a fresh view to high places and help EMS evolve.”

How high?

“Well, to the captain level and, someday, maybe even director. Or maybe I will go on to be a physician someday.”

When off his 24/48 shift, he and his partner, Ricky, are parents to a German Shepherd, Reis.

He teaches degree level paramedicine at Trident. He loves to travel, go to theme parks and do just about anything unrelated to what he does in his job.

He likes to go to the mountains and cooks a lot. He says his grandmother raised him and she owned a restaurant. When he cooks, he relates to her world.

He enjoys volleyball, racquetball and hunting.

He is a singer and in the process of getting a YouTube channel up and running.

Singing, however, is an expensive hobby he says.

They are in the middle of training their dog in schutzhund,a German defense course that utilizes command only aggression.

His life goal is to have a family. “I want to teach what I know to another human being,” he said. “I think being a good parent is knowledge beyond yourself. I want to be a good dad.”

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