David Hoover admits he was bitten by the EMS bug more than 40 years ago. David was in college majoring in Art when he attended an EMT class accompanying a friend as a favor. From that moment on he has been ‘in love’ with EMS.
David finished his Bachelor’s Degree in Art and continues to this day to make pottery and dabble in other artistic projects. But he makes his living as a paramedic.
After finishing EMT school, David went on to become a paramedic. During a clinical rotation, he encountered a nurse that would teach him many great lessons. One example is the night he was persistently worrying about the rhythm on the cardiac monitor. Despite reassurances that the patient was fine, David continued to point out arrhythmias and the need for medication. The nurse drew up his recommended medication and took David in tow and went into the patient’s room. Then she promptly squirted the monitor with the medication. She then looked at him and said, “Does that make you feel better?” That was the night David learned to treat the patient and not the monitor. And once again he was bitten. This time by the love bug. David and Linda were married a year later.
David’s life is full of stories like the one above. He loves EMS and he loves his family. If you want to walk down memory lane, spend a couple of hours with David. He is full of interesting EMS information.
Currently he is a Field Supervisor for Cox Health EMS. He has served as a MEMSA Board member nearly 20 years. His project this year is to actively seek a site for a MO EMS Memorial for Line of Duty Deaths.