MEET: Al DePalma
VOLUNTEER SINCE: 1989
WHAT DOES HE DO FOR THE SQUAD? Former Board of Directors Member, President, Vice President/Operations, Supply Officer, and Lake Wylie Pilot "Emergency Watch" columnist.
TRAINING FOR THE JOB: Paramedic (NREMT-P) since 2001; graduated School of Pre-Hospital Emergency Medicine at Carolinas Medical Center. Advanced training: Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Pre-Hospital Trauma Life Support, Pediatric Advanced Life Support, Advanced Stroke Life Support, Basic Life Support, EMT-Basic 1991, EMT- Intermediate 1993.
WHY DOES HE DO IT? It is, far and away, the most satisfying job of my lifetime. EMS is a fascinating field of study, the job is action oriented, rarely boring.
QUOTE: "I believe a life of service to others is pleasing to our Creator."
OTHER COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: Member of River Hills Community Church. More than 12 years experience as the administrator for the River Hills Community Association.
FAMILY: He and his wife, Elizabeth, area Realtor, have three adult children and one grandchild.
OCCUPATION: Employed as a full-time paramedic by Lancaster County EMS.
INTERESTS: Motorcycling, working with my hands.
WHERE ARE YOU ORIGINALLY FROM? Grew up in Queens, New York City. Also lived in New Jersey, southern California and northern Michigan.
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.