Friday, June 13, 2014
Lesley Easthan, a paramedic with the Georgetown CountyFire/EMS, received the 2013-14 Vocational Service Award from the Georgetown Lunch Rotary Club at a recent club meeting.
Rotarian Bob McCarley, chairman of the Vocational Service Projects Committee, said that Leslie is very diminutive in size, but she makes up for it in determination, courage and drive. She has mastered it all – first responder, firefighter, EMT, EMS, paramedic, LPN, certified instructor in advanced cardiac life support, pediatric advance life support, and trauma, and has mastered high rise rescue, confined space rescue, and extrication. She teaches CPR to the high schools, restaurants and day care centers in the region.
When she isn’t working, she and her husband, Jim, a lieutenant firefighter/medic with Pleasant Hill, run a 20 acre farm.
Her professional goal is raising community awareness about the needs of children who are badly injured or facing life-threatening illnesses. Leslie, when she was very young, was in an accident and she suffered burns over 80 percent of her body. She spent two years hospitalized and had countless surgeries.
Leslie was given a $350 award from the Georgetown Rotary Club in appreciation of her service to the Georgetown community, and she immediately said she was donating the money to David’s Blanket of Hope, an organization that provides fleece blankets to NICU’s at area hospitals. The blankets are for children enduring serious illness.
McCarley said Leslie truly represents Rotary’s motto: “Service Above Self.”