Serving the Community -- Erin Frisby, Dorchester County EMS

  • Friday, May 30, 2014

A.M. Sheehan/Journal Scene Dorchester County paramedic Erin Frisby is studying to be a nurse.

Paramedic Erin Frisby, 30, of Summerville, grew up in upstate New York, Greenville and Utah. She came to the Lowcountry for family and graduated from Trident Tech with a degree in Applied Science. She is currently working on her nursing degree through a bridge program with Excelsior College.

“I first became a Certified Medical Assistant,” she says, “but wanted more involvement in patient care and to be outdoors.” She didn’t like being behind a desk all day.

Being a paramedic puts her out in the community. She has some special ops training and is a member of the newly established Bike Team.

The bike team, she explains, attends festivals and health and safety fairs.

Her worst experiences “all group together…I try not to think too much about the bad stuff,” she says.

Her worst, though, are cardiac arrests and Category 1 and 2 patients [most severe categories].

Her best experiences are “the people you make a difference for.”

Her professional goal is to become a nurse “but I would still do part-time paramedic…I love being a paramedic.”

When she isn’t riding a rig and rushing off on a call, she lives with her brother Ryan, three dogs – Tucker, 14, and Rush, 3, both German Short-Haired Pointers, and August, 7, a Pit Bull/Lab mix.

She loves taking the dogs to the dog park, hiking, canoeing, boating and the beach.

She enjoys spending time with friends, going shopping, to the movies and dining out.

Her life goal, she says, is to get married and have children.

Her dad is an attorney in Greenville as well as an author and writer. She and her brother were adopted when she was 8 years old but she still has a relationship with her birth mother. “I love her, she did the best thing she could for me.”

But, she says, “My Dad [adopted] is my hero.”

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