Mount Pleasant Magazine Nov/Dec 2023

57 | | the only difference is that EMTs receive their schedule every six months. “I feel like we all have a different view and experience when it comes to the holidays,” said EMT Kelsey Slaton. “My brother, who is a police officer, is slow during the holidays. EMS is hit or miss. Some days we are call after call after call. The day after Thanksgiving, we are busy. High blood sugar or diabetes.” In their logistics the office does provide food and treats. City officials come by during the holidays to say thanks and give their appreciation. “I love helping people,” Slaton reflected. “For a long time, I didn’t know what I wanted to do with my life until I went on a mission trip to the Dominican Republic. I got to work in the medical tent, and I remind you, I didn’t have any medical knowledge at that time. I saw the medical needs and that pushed me to become an EMT.” As a mother with two kids though, it’s tough for her to hear ‘Mom, you are always gone. Mom, you missed Christmas.’ Slaton is thankful for her family and husband. Doing things together is important. Slaton gets creative on the days that she does miss due to work. “We make other arrangements or see what’s in the community,” Slaton said. “I host the neighborhood Halloween party with all the kids because I worked on Halloween.” First responders’ lives are different and unique from other members in the community. Their colleagues and partners are their second family. Families of these heroes are used to celebrating holidays on non-traditional days, so they must instead create new traditions and experiences. Community members have acknowledged that this is a difficult time and have shown their support, love and thanks to first responders. holiday cheer EMT Kelsey Slanton.