“As fire chief, I found myself on scene first to many calls… I had witnessed many lives saved by our local paramedic system and knew that was I wanted to do.”
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Name: Paul Jones
Agency: Onslow County EMS
Years Served: 32
Rank or Title: Paramedic
What made you decide on this career path?
I have always enjoyed helping people in my community. My career path started in the fire service and then I went into EMS. I get a lot of comfort in helping people.
What is it you love about working in your community?
It is always nice to know that you made a difference in someone’s life. I enjoy knowing that I have helped my fellow neighbors and friends.
Where else have you worked in the past?
I was trained in New Jersey and worked at Saint Claire’s Hospital in Dover for almost 20 years. I did volunteer work for the township of Lebanon for 35 years in both Fire and EMS. I also worked for Western Carteret Fire and EMS. I have worked at Onslow County for the last 9.5 years.
Describe the road to your current position:
My father was very active in the local fire department and I followed in his footsteps. As fire chief, I found myself on scene first to many calls. At the same time my wife was starting to volunteer with EMS. We decided to get our basic EMT certifications together. I followed that with my paramedic certification. I had witnessed many lives saved by our local paramedic system and knew that was I wanted to do.
What was the most memorable case you’ve worked?
There are many memorable calls but the one that stands out for me is the day that we were dispatched for a sick child. On our arrival the dad was in a panic and the child was very sick. We started treating the child in the ambulance and by the time we arrived at Naval Emergency Room the child was starting to improve. A month had gone by and this young child came to the station and asked for me. She came into the office and gave me a hug and said thank you. It was not until I saw her dad that I realized who she was. Dad told me that she was asking to bring back the arm board that we had secured her IV site with. It was a nice reunion and I think made a good impression on her.
What pushes you to stay on this career path and continue working in such a challenging position?
I love helping people, especially the elderly. If you take the time to listen there is so much history in this area and so much pride that the older people want to share.
Any additional comments you’d like to include:
I am proud to say our daughter took working in the medical field one step further and is a physician. She is also followed in the family tradition started by my dad of strong volunteerism in the community.
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