Jerry Edwards is the Deputy Chief of operations for Springfield Ambulance. He is a dedicated emergency responder with deep roots in Springfield Township.
We asked him a few questions so others to get to know those involved with Emergency Medical Services. Below are his responses:
Are you an EMT or Paramedic?
I am a paramedic
How long have you been an Paramedic?
I have been involved in Emergency Services in Springfield Township since 1990.
What inspired you to become one?
I started out as a volunteer firefighter for Wyndmoor Hose Company, and got a taste for EMS during my tenure there. I worked for Springfield Township Public Works for 17 years, and simply wanted to follow a career in EMS because I enjoy it. My father was a retired Springfield Township Police Officer, so I guess I’ve always had emergency services in my blood. I am born and raised a Township resident, however I currently live in Cheltenham.
What is your best story as a paramedic?
I really can’t pick 1 certain story as my best experience, all I can say is the calls that turn out positive are the ones I like to talk about.
If you had to pick one thing to tell residents to help them in an emergency, what would it be?
It would be to remember to have their address’s clearly seen in front of their homes. Seconds do count in an emergency.
What’s one thing you wish people new about your job?
One thing I think people may not be aware of about a career in EMS is the countless hours of education, and ongoing education that we go through. We constantly take classes to keep our certifications current. This can be anything from on line classes, to hands-on classes to ensure that our skills stay sharp.
What’s your favorite or least favorite thing about an ambulance?
My least favorite thing about an ambulance would have to be being confined in the back with a really sick patient. We all have families to go home to, and no one ever wants to share something contagious at home.
Any advice/tips for township residents to get involved?
There are 3 volunteer fire companies, as well as Springfield Ambulance, and we all are always open to volunteer help. We all provide training to those who may be interested; all it takes is a phone call or personal visit.
On the Personal Side…
What do you like about Springfield or what’s your favorite thing about Springfield?
What I like about Springfield & my favorite thing are kind of the same: growing up in Springfield has allowed me to become familiar with many of the residents. That being said, a good majority of emergency calls I go to, wind up being a family that I know in some way or another. I feel that this reduces the stress level tremendously in an emergency situation.
Do you have a favorite event in Springfield?
My favorite events in Springfield are whenever there is a community based event (fireworks show, community day). It’s always nice to see the community out together as a whole in a positive perspective. I think with our jobs, children, and other daily tasks, we don’t get a chance to do that much.
What do you like to do in your free time?
I have 3 children. My daughter will be 3 soon, and my twin boys will be 2 shortly thereafter…they are my free time when not at work.
Do you support any causes or non-profit organizations?
I do support non-profit organizations. As I mentioned above, I was a volunteer firefighter for Wyndmoor Hose Company for 14 years, and currently belong to Cheltenham Hook & Ladder Company which is close to where I live now. Due to my lengthy time serving in the Emergency Services, I have had the opportunity to meet and get to know many people from Emergency Services outside of Springfield. I want the people of Springfield to know that they have the best-of-the-best with regards to Police, Fire and EMS in Springfield!
We hope you enjoyed getting to know Jerry. If you see him around, thank him for his service and dedication to the residents of Springfield and Cheltenham.
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