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Meet Paramedic Donna Nonnemacher, Emmaus Ambulance Corps

Nonnemacher is often the first friendly face seen when someone calls for help.

Full name: Donna Nonnemacher

Tell us about your family:

Married to for 15 years this November.

"We have five children together and eight grandchildren. My oldest daughter, Nicole, has been living in England for the past 10 years with her husband Andrew who is from Leeds, England and their three children. They are in the process of moving back home, and I couldn’t be happier! Most of the kids live in Emmaus/Macungie except my daughter Kimberly and husband Mike and two daughters who live in Slatington."

Where do you live? Lower Macungie Township

Job Title/Description:

Full-time Paramedic, Training and HR Officer (and last year became a Grant Writer)

Explain what you do on a daily basis:

"Each day when we arrive at work we do a complete inventory of our truck, checking supplies, oxygen, medications, etc. If we don’t get a call right away we go for breakfast. If we make it back to the station, we work on administrative tasks and completing patient care reports. We respond to 911 emergency calls on a 12-hour shift."

What inspired you to do what you do?

"I have always had an interest in medicine. In 1988 I completed my associate degree as a certified medical assistant and worked for five years in a geriatric practice. When I began looking for continuing ed classes, I and a friend took the EMT class, and the rest is history!"

What's your favorite part of your job?

"A favorite part of my job is that you never know what will happen that day. My most favorite part of my job is direct patient care. I like the 'detective work' of figuring out what is causing the patient’s distress. I enjoy being to able make a difference in someone’s life who is having a very bad day, even if it is just a few words of comfort."

Tell us a story you'll never forget from your EAC experience.

"The story I will never forget is when Mike had a call for a motor vehicle accident involving a young lady who was trapped upside down, seriously wounded and bleeding out, and how he released her foot from the car. Despite having lost more than 40 percent of her blood volume, the young lady survived. This was a very emotional call for Michael, and the day the young lady came to the station to visit, it was also very emotional for me."

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