|There’s a new medic in town|
|Saturday, July 20, 2013 12:11 AM|
DELPHOS — Becoming a paramedic is no easy task. The year-long course consists of 920 hours of training divided in to classroom lecture, lab hours and clinical/field internship rotations. In addition, time must be set aside to study.
Diane Pack wasn’t afraid of a little hard work and got a hand from her co-workers at Delphos Fire and Rescue to make it through the Rhodes State Paramedic Program.
“The class wasn’t easy and there were times I felt very frustrated,” Pack said. “I definitely didn’t do it alone. I had a lot of support from a few of our firefighters.”
Pack was mentored through the program by Firefighter/Paramedic Cory Meyer.
“I probably wouldn’t have made it through the class without his help and I definitely wouldn’t have gotten an ‘A’,” Pack said. “He had high expectations and would not settle for less than perfect and pushed for excellence. Not living up to his expectations was never presented as an option.”
Graduates of the prestigious Rhodes State Paramedic Program hold certifications in advanced cardiac life support, pediatric advanced life support and pre-hospital trauma life support in addition to being nationally registered paramedics.
Pack earned an associate’s in applied science in public services in Criminal Justice from Rhodes State in June 2009. She only has two classes remaining to complete a second associate’s degree in emergency medical services.
She is a member of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society and the Delphos Optimists. She owns and operates champion Karate Center in Fort Jennings and works for Rhodes State College’s division of EMS.
She joined the Delphos unit in April 2009 at a basic EMT. After only one year, Pack advanced to EMT-Intermediate.
Pack plans to continue to serve the Delphos community as its newest paramedic.