Monday, August 25, 2014
When choosing a career, paramedic Andy Smith knew he wanted a field that would offer variety.
“I wanted a different job, something that would be different every day. At first I wanted to be a firefighter, but I liked EMS and Dorchester County is great for that because all I do is EMS.”
The 27-year-old has been working in EMS for two-and-a-half years, one of them with Dorchester County EMS. He started in the field as a fire department paramedic.
He doesn’t have any specialty training yet, but has an interest in ICU (intensive care unit) work and high acuity medicine. “The cool stuff,” he said.
Smith is a Columbus, Ohio native and has a degree from Columbus State in EMS/Fire Science.
He said he’s never had a bad experience on the job.
“People don’t get sick around me. I truly don’t have a worst memory, I get the person who calls because they fell and stubbed their toe.”
His favorite experience is being able to turn a patient’s bad day into a good one: “When we go on scene it’s often someone’s worst day, but I like to make then laugh by the end of it.”
When interacting with patients, Smith said he always asks older couples what the secret to their marriage is.
Smith is married himself, to his high school sweetheart Kayleigh. The couple has two dogs, a Chihuahua mix and a Labrador mix. They live in West Ashley and said right now they’re renting, but hope one day to buy a home.
His wife is a nurse technician and he said one day he may go into nursing himself. He has some background in nursing, as he used to work at a cancer hospital.
For fun, the couple has a new interest in cycling they’re both pursuing.
“The goal is to be able to do things on our bike instead of using a car. We’ve invested a little bit.”
Smith said once they build up enough skills they hope to compete in cycling races.
He and his wife are also big movie buffs, he said. They enjoy watching comedy, action and historically based films.
Smith is also a big sports – specifically, Ohio State – fan. He’s also trying golf.
His main hobby is working on Jeeps. Smith used to own a Jeep, and said his biggest goal is to build a Jeep Willys, the World War II-era Jeeps.