Top First Responder: Peggy Fonseca
Sept. 26, 2012 at 4:26 a.m.
When did you decide to become an EMS director?
In 1996, I was recruited by a local physician to apply at Goliad County EMS after their director vacated the position. The county had just closed their hospital about six months before, and the EMS was the only 24-hour medical service available. He said they needed someone to help them recover and rebuild the medical trust in the community. I applied for the position and the rest is history.
How long have you been doing this?
With 16 years of service, I am the longest-serving EMS director in Goliad.
What is the most gratifying part of your job?
There are many but the top would be:
The rural medicine challenge, because nothing in a rural county is routine.
Creating that "small town partnership," by working with the entire community; they are the real reason for our existence. They depend on us as much as we depend on them.
Hardest part during your training?
You really do not train to be an EMS director, but you do want to enhance your "people skills." Because these aren't objective skills, they are harder to identify and develop. I was lucky, in that I had some really good EMS directors to assist me in transitioning from an employee to a supervisor. They offered their "wisdom" and "pearls," and I have always been thankful for that.
How do you de-stress from work?
I enjoy listening to music. Music has always been a way of clearing my mind; it is endless, and there is so much of it out there. I enjoy everything from classical to rock. With music, you don't have to make a great effort - just listen, relax, and enjoy.
What hobbies/interests do you have?
I like to scrapbook and to read. I started reading when I was 4, and I would read everything I could get my hands on. Not much has changed since then.
Who is your hero and why?
My heroes are the volunteers who serve our community. They leave their families during the holidays and special events. They serve without compensation, proving their dedication to the community.
Volunteers enhance the paid workers' efforts and make their jobs even easier. For example, the volunteer fire departments assist the EMS personnel at motor vehicle collisions. Without their assistance, we would not be able work as efficiently as we do.
With holidays around the corner, what is on the top of your wish list this year?
I would like to see the health and safety of my family, friends and employees.
Did you believe in Santa Claus when you were younger?
Yes, I believed in Santa Claus until I was in elementary school. I love Christmas. It is my favorite time of the year. I do think Christmas has become somewhat materialistic, and we have lost the true meaning of it along the way.
What are three things that you could not live without?
God, with him all things are possible.
Close friends, they make life fun.
My huge collection of music, because every life needs a soundtrack.