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2/12/2013 12:01:00 AM
Paramedic helps people in their most trying times
Les Stukenberg/The Daily Courier
Jennifer Miller-McKinney, a Life Line Ambulance Paramedic, came to Prescott at age 10. At 24, she started working for Life Line as a reserve EMT and never left. She has gone on an estimated 10,000 calls in her 20-year career.
Les Stukenberg/The Daily Courier
Jennifer Miller-McKinney, a Life Line Ambulance Paramedic, came to Prescott at age 10. At 24, she started working for Life Line as a reserve EMT and never left. She has gone on an estimated 10,000 calls in her 20-year career.
Lisa Irish
The Daily Courier

Paramedic Jennifer Miller-McKinney, who has worked for Life Line Ambulance for the past 20 years, said she knows she and her co-workers make a difference in people's lives.

"One lady we helped was in a lot of pain, so we started talking and laughed all the way to the hospital," Miller-McKinney said.

The woman later told Miller-McKinney how much that helped during such a tough time.

"If we can help make a bit of what they're going through a better experience, it's worth it," Miller-McKinney said.

Miller-McKinney moved to Prescott when she was 10, graduated from Prescott High School, but wasn't planning on an emergency medical services career then. She said she "couldn't handle some of the images in the drivers-ed films."

When she turned 24, Miller-McKinney started as a reserve Emergency Medical Technician at Life Line Ambulance, and has been part of the team ever since.

"I've had a lot of good partners over the years, and I enjoy doing the work," Miller-McKinney said. "What I like about it is that it's different each day."

On a call in Chino Valley, Miller-McKinney found a man having a heart attack who died on the drive to the hospital, but she brought him back. Not long afterward, Miller-McKinney ran into him at a restaurant, he gave her a big hug, and told her, "Thanks, kid. You saved my life."

Glenn Kasprzyk, chief operations officer of Life Line Ambulance, said Miller-McKinney has gone on 10,000 calls in her 20-year career, and she doesn't fuss over anything.

"She's very humble about what she does. People can feel how much she cares, and she does a great job of it," Kasprzyk said.

Most people work several years as an EMT or paramedic and transition into nursing or management, Kasprzyk said.

"It's a rarity in the industry to find someone like Jen, with such long-term experience, working 15 to 20 years in such an environment," Kasprzyk said. "There's a lot of stress to the job."

Jen and her co-workers come in to do their work, and have to separate what happens here from their selves, so that when they "go home they can focus on that and not let what happens here follow them home," Kasprzyk said.

Miller-McKinney said she and her co-workers do a lot of training to keep up with the latest developments, and encourages people interested in an emergency medical services career to go on ride-alongs to see if it's for them.

"When we're on the scene, we're interacting with people in a whole different light, and it's so different from what you read in textbooks," Miller-McKinney said.

Miller-McKinney, a single mom of two children, received her EMT and paramedic certification at Yavapai College.

Now her eldest son Sean McKinney is in the EMT program there and plans to follow in her footsteps.

"We're a lot alike," Miller-McKinney said. "He's been exposed to it over the years, and decided it's what he wants to do."




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Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Article comment by: Great Job

Congrats on the achievement! Thank you for serving the community and saving lives for so long, you should be proud!

Posted: Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Article comment by: AZ Raised

To serious question:
Ambulance companies in the state of Arizona have what is called a CON (certificate of necessity) which means the company owning this CON is the only one able to transport. Also the state of Arizona sets the billing amount that an ambulance company can charge. You can look this all up on the internet and see yourself. Other companies have tried to petition to take over where Life Line is but unfortunately have not been able to meet the requirements. Life Line has some of the best providers I have ever seen. The fire departments also have great providers as well.


Posted: Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Article comment by: To: Question & Answer

Go look at the AZDHS website. You can find all the ambulance companies in AZ and their rates. The rates are set by the state. You will find that Life Line is right on par with every other company there, including the municipalities. The reason the Fire Departments/Districts don't have "medic wagons" is that they don't have the funding. Do a little research and learn for yourself.

Posted: Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Article comment by: R. Scott

Jen is a fantastic Paramedic and a great asset to the community. I had the pleasure of working with her for a year and she taught me a lot while I was going through medic school. We're lucky to have her serving our community.

(Jen, you can deliver the Ice Cream to St. 31 on Saturday!)


Posted: Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Article comment by: Serious Question: Here's your anwer

AZ DHS mandates and controls all reguations regarding ambulance services.

http://www.azdhs.gov/diro/admin_rules/guidancedocs/GD-099-PHS-EMS.pdf

You WILL not, in the state of AZ, find overlapping ambo coverage. It's assigned. Not a competition. Including the rates, those are DHS approved/regulated also.

Fire usually arrives first because 911 calls are dispatched thru PRCC -- they forward the info to LLA. And fire DOES sorta transport you, when they hop in the ambo. But no...none of our FD will ever have an ambulance for reasons explained in the link.

And anyway....can you REALLY put a price on your life for 24 hour care?

(former LLA employee)


Posted: Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Article comment by: Christine Rhys-Evans

Jen, congrats! This is wonderful. I'm very proud of you. It's hard to believe its been 20 yrs...

Posted: Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Article comment by: Dana Owens

Jennifer is a strong, courageous woman who does great work--she deserves this recognition!
Congrats, Jennifer!


Posted: Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Article comment by: b palm

Great medic, fun to work with. Keep up the good work.



Posted: Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Article comment by: I have a serious question. Would like an answer.

Why does Prescott not have more than one ambulance service? Since there is no competition the bills from Life Line are known to be astronomical compared to other localities. And can one refuse their service ... for usually the Fire Dept. paramedics arrive first after a 911 call ... and are well-trained and terrific at what they do ... and can't they take you to the YRMC? Shouldn't the city replace some of the huge firetrucks with paramedic wagons? If not, why?

Posted: Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Article comment by: Marvin Cline

Life Line is the reason I am here today. I too died on the way to the hospital. Thank you Life Line for never giving up.

Posted: Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Article comment by: Tara Hugueley

Congratulations Jennifer! You are a great part of the team.

Posted: Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Article comment by: Jason Evans

Jen how much did you pay the DC to have this article written? Lol : )



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