Tuesday, February 21, 2017

March 2 Meeting Features EMS/Fire Responders

Who are the first people at the scene of a tragedy—be it a fire, an auto accident, a heart attack, an attempted suicide, or a capsized sailboat? The answer is often Emergency Medical Services (EMS) workers. On March 2, the Upstate SC Chapter of Sisters in Crime has the privilege of welcoming two of these hometown heroes: Steve MacLeod and M. Brandon Shirley.

MacLeod, a former Army medic, was looking for a worthwhile activity to keep him busy after retiring from Fluor, a Greenville-based international engineering/construction company. Recognizing that Emergency Medical Services (EMS) could use help, he became EMS certified and joined the Keowee Fire District. After serving with the Keowee Key Fire Department for a while, MacLeod found he really enjoyed the interaction with people and the chance to help individuals that medical services offered. He says “ego” took him from responder up the ranks to his current status as a paramedic.

Brandon Shirley is Assistant Fire Chief/Fire Marshal of the Keowee Fire District  and has more than 20 years of experience in Fire/EMS services. As such, he’s responded to almost every type of emergency. Like MacLeod, Shirley has had a successful career outside his First Responder duties. A native of South Carolina, he’s a licensed Real Estate Broker, and the sole equity partner in MBS Development, LLC, which manages community developments.

MacLeod and Shirley will discuss how they’ve been trained to respond to various emergencies…how they interact with law enforcement when criminal activity is suspected… what actions they take to ensure their own safety… the emotional toll when responders arrive at a scene and find they know the injured party. And, of course, much more.

The monthly Sisters in Crime meeting is scheduled for Thursday, March 2, at The Runway Café, 21 Airport Rd, Greenville, S.C.  Be there at 6:15 p.m. to meet MacLeod and Shirley and enjoy chapter fellowship. Supper should be served at 6:30. The speakers will begin right after new and old business at 7 p.m. Both dinner and the meeting are open to the public. 

In order for the Runway Café to speed service, dinner orders must be emailed by noon the day of the meeting. If you can't dine with us, we would still like to know you plan to attend so we can be sure you have a seat. If possible, please join us for dinner as our dinner orders help to ensure we can book our meeting room for free. To see the special menu for our group, please visit our website —  www.sincupstatesc.blogspot.com  — and click on the Advance Order Menu tab at right.  Please e-mail your order to Ellis Vidler at ellisvidler1@gmail.com.

If you place an order and do not attend or fail to cancel by noon, you will be charged for the meal. And like always, we'll enjoy it.

Looking forward to seeing you on March 2nd.

Sally Handley

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