Name: Craig Deppe
Where do you live? Emmaus
Tell us about your family.
"My wife is Erin. We've been married 11 years. My son, Garrett, is eight and my daughter Grace is going to be five."
What is your occupation? Paramedic for the Borough of Emmaus
What is your training?
"I went to specialized training at George E. Moerkirk Emergency Medicine Institute (GEMEMI) where I got my National Registry Certification as a paramedic. I'm also a CPR and EMT instructor. I've been working in EMS for 20 years."
Tell us a little about what you do on a daily basis.
"The primary thing is being available for calls for people who are sick and hurt. We save lives. My routine responsibilities at the EAC (Emmaus Ambulance Corps) are that I'm in charge of ordering medical supplies and making sure the ambulances are stocked & medicines are up to date as the Supply Officer / Quarter Master."
What do you find most rewarding about your job?
"Helping people. Knowing that I can make a difference in someone's life."
What is most challenging?
"There are some unique and stressful situations that we are put into. There are sometimes weird calls. For instance, one time there was a guy laying in the middle of the road, so my partner and I started taking care of him. Out of no where in the middle of our care he jumped up and ran away. We had to chase him and call the police. There was also a time where there was a bus accident where we had about 30 kids to take care of, so that was challenging."
Are you involved in any other work or volunteer opportunities?
"I'm a Cub Master for Pack 80 at in Emmaus. I'm involved with the PTO at . I help with the drama club at Jefferson, the year book at Jefferson, the student directory. I'm also a crossing guard."
Tell us what you love about Emmaus.
"I've lived here for seven years. I grew up in New Tripoli. I like the community, it's nice, I know a lot of people, and it's family-oriented."
What do you do in your spare time?
"If I can get spare time, it's mainly just doing things with the family. We like doing day trips, going to the zoo, going to the aquarium, hiking ... anything with the family we do when we can."