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Meet a Rescue Squad Volunteer

MEET: Joel Barvinek

AGE: 41

VOLUNTEER SINCE: 2004

WHAT DOES HE DO FOR THE SQUAD? Emergency vehicle operator (driver)/EVO

TRAINING FOR THE JOB: CPR, EVO, CVO, monthly training.

WHY DOES HE DO IT? Love to help people, giving back to the Lake Wylie community.

OTHER COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: All Saints Catholic Church and Crowders Creek PTA.

FAMILY: Wife, Cheryl; children Ashley, Anna, Kristen and her spouse Walker, and granddaughter Brooklyn.

OCCUPATION: Haddon House Food Products.

INTERESTS: Sports

FUTURE GOALS: Becoming an EMT

WHERE ARE YOU ORIGINALLY FROM? Ankeny, Iowa

The River Hills/Lake Wylie EMS has been serving the Bethel/Lake Wylie area since 1980. The all-volunteer unit, plus two full-time paramedics, provides 24/7 Advanced Life Support for a20 -square -mile area surrounding River Hills Plantation in Lake Wylie with transport available to six major medical centers. Along with being the only squad in York County to offer all services free of charge, volunteers provide a "first-class" experience and work with state-of-the-art equipment thanks to community donations, the squad's sole source of funding. More volunteers are always needed as the number of calls grow. For more information or to donate, call 803-831-9888 or visit riverhillsems.com. River Hills/Lake Wylie EMS mailing address is 4 Heritage Drive, Lake Wylie, SC 29710.

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