Monday, August 4, 2014
Paramedic Sam Parks, 25, of West Ashley grew up in Charleston. He says he spent two years with Dorchester County EMS, then three years with Pickens County EMS and has been back at Dorchester County EMS for almost a year.
“I have always worked, since I was 15 years old, in public service.”
At that time he worked for Charleston County Ocean Rescue through the county parks department.
He earned his paramedic degree through Trident Tech and a BS in Biological Sciences from Clemson. That is a pre-med degree, he explains, and eventually “I want to be an ER doctor.”
“But I have to pay off my student debt first. I’m not sure about seven more years of school and the debt that would incur, so I am also looking at physicians assistant or flight medic.”
He is taking his critical care course [pre flight medic] this summer.
He has U.S. Lifesaving Association certification and worked with Kiawah Island Beach Patrol which is a mix of code enforcement and life guarding, he explains.
He is trained in neo-natal resuscitation, Int. Trauma Life Support and is an instructor at Trident, teaching paramedic classes.
His worst experiences are “kid calls.” He remembers an 8 year old girl who used to leave the house in the middle of the night. “She was a special needs kid.”
“She ran across a busy highway and was hit by one truck and run over by another…and we saved her.”
One of his best calls was a cardiac arrest and, working with a senior paramedic, they “pushed meds not normally used and saved the guy’s life.”
His professional goal is to ultimately be an ER doc, but more realistically, he says, is PA school or flight medic.
But, he says, he loves working with Dorchester County EMS and would like to move up to supervisor. “I just want to help the most people.”
He lives with a roommate and although he loves dogs, his roommate doesn’t.
He enjoys boating around Charleston (roommate’s boat) and anything that is boat-related. He likes offshore fishing with his grandpa, hunting, shrimping and flounder gigging. “Anything with water, I love water.”
He likes college football – Clemson – and played high school baseball and football.
He used to play guitar, he says, and likes the idea of cooking but “I don’t cook enough.”
He enjoys reading, especially local author Pat Conroy who writes about Charleston because he can identify with the locations.
His life goal is to one day have a family and be able to provide for them.
“I want my kids to be able to go to school and not worry about finances, I want them to be happy.”