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The People Behind San Juan Island EMS

We are proud of our dedicated and talented EMTs, Paramedics, Administration, and our popularly elected Commissioners.

Our team provides the best 9-1-1 response, transport, and injury prevention services possible to our island residents and guests. We hold national recognition as a top agency in patient satisfaction as nationally ranked by EMS Survey Team, and one of the best places to experience a cardiac emergency as reported by the CARES Registry.

Please take a moment to look through our website to see your friends and family members proudly serving through San Juan Island EMS. We are always looking for your feedback and suggestions to improve our service delivery and outreach services.

Volunteers

Just a few of our many volunteers, to see more click the More Volunteers button below.

EMTs honored at annual EMS banquet

EMTs Honored

Jesse James

Isla Cropper

Isla Cropper has been and EMT since May 2016.  She has lived on San Juan Island for the last 30 years on and off while growing up and attending school.  She recently graduated from Boise State in nursing and works as an RN in the clinic at

Jeff Asher

Kati English

Kati completed her EMT certification in 2016 and grew up on San Juan Island. She wanted to join EMS to be a part of the best of the best serving the community she loves. Somewhat of a workaholic, Kati spends her time as an ER Tech at

Erin Graham

Erin was an island baby, but grew up in Sequim. She returned to San Juan Island in 2012. She works with children and is a Lieutenant with San Juan Island Fire and Rescue. She loves riding her motorcycle, camping, and work parties. She became an EMT in

Dave Stanford

Dave Stanford, NREMT is one of our new EMTs. Details to follow.

Michael Hartzell

Michael Hartzell, NREMT has been an EMT since 2013 and on San Juan Island since the mid 90’s.  Michael enjoys being an EMT so that he can give back to his community.  Michael works full time as a fire fighter with District 3 Fire on San Juan Island.

Robin DeLazerda

Robin DeLazerda, NREMT has been an EMT since 2013 and volunteers as a way to give back to her community.  She has lived on San Juan Island for 16 years.  In her free time she enjoys being with her family and exploring our beautiful island.  Robin works full

Gabe Conway

I’ve always admired anyone in the EMS field, so when the opportunity presented itself to join the San Juan Island EMS family, I jumped at it!  The ability to be able to help those in the community is something I greatly enjoy doing and hope to do

Karen Chadwick

Karen Chadwick, NREMT has been an EMT since 2013.  She has lived on San Juan Island for 4 years but has family on the island for over 20 years.  Karen enjoys being an EMT so that she can give back to her community.  Karen is self employed and

Clayton Banry

Clayton Banry joined EMS in the fall of 2012 and serves as a volunteer Operations Assistant.  Clayton participates in most if not all scenario based skills assessment training and has become a valuable voice in patient care feedback.  He is always willing to help and offers a

Doug Harmon

Doug Harmon, NREMT is one of our newer but more active EMTs.  He has a long history of healthcare on the island before he became an EMT and now serves as a County Dispatcher for his full-time job.

Lt. Humberto Orozco

Lieutenant Humberto Orozco, EMT is a private business owner here on the island and serves as co-lieutenant of Delta Team.

Dir. Karl Kuetzing

Karl has been a resident of Friday Harbor for 10 years and became an EMT in 2012. A transplant from the Midwest, Karl has been a Washingtonian for the last 25 years living on both the west and east sides of the state.  Karl obtained his Bachelor

Michael Henderson

Michael Henderson has been an EMT since 2011.  He has lived on San Juan Island for 15 years. Michael became and EMT to help others when they need it most.  When not responding to 911 calls or working on his 67′ mustang, Michael is busy at work

Deven Foss

Deven Foss, NREMT comes to us with a background in firefighting and law enforcement.  She joined San Juan Island EMS in 2012 and is an active member of the community.

Lt. Steve Brumsickle

Lieutenant Steve Brumsickle, MS, NREMT, CNA is one of our newest EMTs and a longstanding science educator here on island. He works full-time in the Emergency Department of the local hospital and serves as co-lieutenant of Bravo Team.

Lt. Maddie Anderson

Lieutenant Maddie Anderson, EMT, CNA  is a skilled EMT. She works full-time at the local hospital and also serves as co-lieutenant of Foxtrot Team.

John Gossom

John Gossom, BA, NREMT is a longtime resident of the island and a graduate of Friday Harbor High School.

Steve Alluise

Steve was selected as EMT of the Year in 2004 and 2006. For the past 2 years Steve has been the only EMT to be the recipient of The Fank Wilson Award (responding to over 500 calls in a year). Steve built his home where he and Ann Marie live with their Australian Shepard Brewster.

Ofc. Dan Bacon

Dan has been a volunteer EMT with the San Juan Island EMS since completing his training in 1992. He was named EMT of the year in 1998. Dan provides excellent patient care and responds at all hours of the day and night to emergency requests.

Lt. Deanna Banry

Lieutenant Deanna Banry, EMT  has lived in Friday Harbor for 23 years. She joined San Juan Island EMS in 2005, and is passionate about being a EMT and serving her community. Since becoming an EMT, Deanna has responded to over 300 calls yearly. She was Rookie of

Brad Creesy

Brad has been an EMT with San Juan Island EMS for many years. He also serves as the Training Officer of the San Juan Island Fire Department.

Tom Eades

Tom Eades, BA, EMT came to San Juan Island in 1988, to answer a job opening in Dispatch at the Sheriff’s Office. Besides an accomplished EMT, Tom also serves as Lieutenant for San Juan Island Fire. A native of Oak Harbor, he grew up in Renton and

Ofc. Deborah Grimes

Debbie Grimes is a long standing EMT of over 15 years. She is one of our CPR evaluator/educators and helps us all keep current in this area. Debbie’s main life focus is her son, Austin, and helping her island community. She does both with a patient, even keeled passion. She works for Island Convalescent Center in the area of Central Supplies and Medical Records. She is always ready to give a smile and a helping hand. We are more than lucky that she has chosen EMS to be the recipient of her extra time.

Kaitlyn Johnson

After finishing college on the east coast, Kaitlyn moved out to San Juan Island to enjoy a summer with a childhood friend. About three years later she decided to join a fall EMT class in Friday Harbor. Not knowing that she would enjoy it so much, her life has spun in a new direction from a BA in photography to hopes of becoming a more integrated part of the San Juan Island Aid Unit. Kaitlyn is always eager to continue her education at seminars, take classes and respond to calls.

Tad Lean

Tad has been with the department since early 2006. (He was in our last class!) He says he joined because he wanted to gain more skills to better serve his community. Tad is married and has 4 kids, which keeps him busy when he is not working for the San Juan District Fire and delivering propane for Petro San Juan.

Margaret Longley

Margaret Longley was born on San Juan Island in 1981. She has traveled and lived in Russia, Mexico, and Iraq. She is currently studying human ecology at College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, Maine. Margaret enjoys photography, videography, and is currently a student in Seattle. Margaret

Herb Mason

Herb Mason NREMT, WEMT first joined San Juan EMS as an EMT in 1985. After 2002 he took a couple of years off then recertified again in 2005. Herb is a long time islander, and is certified as a Wilderness EMT, Marine Rescue Tech., Air Ambulance EMT and

Ofc. Francis Smith

EMS Officer Francis Smith, MS, EMT was born in Paisley, Scotland. After immigrating to the U.S. after a 10-year stopover in Canada, he went to school in California (UCLA, USC, Pepperdine and a stint at Berkeley at the height of the hippy movement) and became a high

Dir. Lainey Volk

Lainey leads our efforts in injury and accident education and prevention here at EMS. She has received numerous awards for her efforts in heading up our public education campaign, teaching thousands in CPR and first aid, and coordinating our car seat and helmet program. In her spare time, she enjoys sailing, flying and spending time with her children and grandchildren.

Paramedics

Weyshawn Koons

Weyshawn Douglas Koons, MFA, CCEMTP, NRP, SEI, serves as the Director of Emergency Response for San Juan Island EMS. She moved to the island on Thanksgiving Day in 1981. Weyshawn took the EMT (Emergency Medical Technician) class ten years later, and fell in love with pre-hospital care.

Noah Waldron

Noah joined San Juan Island EMS, in the winter of 2008, he joins his Brother Ben who is also an EMT. Noah was born and raised on San Juan Island and is a second generation EMT. Noah currently works as a Carpenter and is an outdoor enthusiast.

Kyle Davies

Kyle Davies, BA, NRP is our newest paramedic but one of our most longstanding agency providers with many years as an EMT under his belt before graduating from the Harborview Paramedic Program in 2012.  Kyle is also a pilot and active community members and serves as our

Ryan Nelson

Ryan Nelson started in EMS 1997 after a visit to the island turned into permanent residence here.Ryan began working full-time with us in January 2008. He has been working with Skagit Medic One for over 7 years. In his free time, he is an avid skier and sea, surf and whitewater paddler.

Administration

Chief Jerry Martin

Jerry Martin serves as the Chief Administrator and comes to us from Whatcom County Fire District 7, Division Chief of Emergency Medical Services. Jerry has been a Paramedic for 25 years, is a senior EMT instructor, Battalion Chief and Medical Services Officer (MSO).

Tina Lynch-Teilmann

Tina is our Administrative Assistant. She joined San Juan Island EMS in November of 2016.  Tina and her husband Tom moved to Friday Harbor from Boise, Idaho in 2006.  Her previous experience includes 17 years as a Certified Surgical Technologist, 12 years as an owner operator of

Operations

Dir. Karl Kuetzing

Karl has been a resident of Friday Harbor for 10 years and became an EMT in 2012. A transplant from the Midwest, Karl has been a Washingtonian for the last 25 years living on both the west and east sides of the state.  Karl obtained his Bachelor

Kaitlyn Johnson

After finishing college on the east coast, Kaitlyn moved out to San Juan Island to enjoy a summer with a childhood friend. About three years later she decided to join a fall EMT class in Friday Harbor. Not knowing that she would enjoy it so much, her life has spun in a new direction from a BA in photography to hopes of becoming a more integrated part of the San Juan Island Aid Unit. Kaitlyn is always eager to continue her education at seminars, take classes and respond to calls.

Dir. Lainey Volk

Lainey leads our efforts in injury and accident education and prevention here at EMS. She has received numerous awards for her efforts in heading up our public education campaign, teaching thousands in CPR and first aid, and coordinating our car seat and helmet program. In her spare time, she enjoys sailing, flying and spending time with her children and grandchildren.