For this week’s First Responder Friday, Smith County Insider interviewed Dustin Dillehay, a Critical Care Paramedic from Carthage, Tennessee.

Dustin has served as a first responder for 9 years.

Smith County First Responder Dustin Dillehay

SCI: When did you realize this is what you wanted to do?

DD: I got into volunteer fire and realized that I liked to help people and wanted to do more for people, so I started my EMS career.

SCI: What is the best thing about your job?

DD: Being able to help someone when it really matters

SCI: What is your proudest work accomplishment?

DD: Passing the critical care paramedic class and working for the place where I live

SCI: What advice would you give someone looking to go into your field?

DD: To always show compassion regardless of how big or small the emergency is

SCI: What are your favorite hobbies and activities outside of work?

DD: Hunting, fishing, and spending time with family and friends

Thank you for your dedicated service to Smith County, Dustin!

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