Employee Spotlight: Jonathan Strother
Position: SSC/EMT
Division: Hot Springs, AR

Jonathan Strother, SSC Dispatcher at LifeNet EMS in Hot Springs, Arkansas

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Jonathan has worked for LifeNet since 2007 and is currently a Systems Status Controller (SSC) and Emergency Medical Technician (EMT).

“I wanted to do something different than any of my friends were doing at the time, and the thought and sight of blood and broken bones didn’t make me sick,” he said, describing why he decided on a career in EMS.

The career has been a rewarding one for him.

“I truly enjoy being able to help people when they need it. A lot of us tend to get caught up in the day-to-day calls. But at the end of the day, we are here to help people. I do truly enjoy doing that,” he said.

Helping people in their time of need is what Jonathan enjoys most about working at LifeNet.

“I like being the first responder on the phone in dispatch. Even though I can’t physically be there and see them, I like being able to help render first aid and offer help to the patient until the ambulance arrives on scene,” he said.

For others considering a career in EMS, Jonathan offers this advice: “If you aren’t willing to sacrifice a little bit of yourself, then this job probably isn’t for you. This job is a tough job, and it will require you to lose sleep, a little bit of your sanity, and some of your pride. If you can do all of those things, it will be one of the most rewarding jobs you will ever have. Also, when starting out, what may feel like a veteran EMT or Medic ‘micromanaging’ you might just be them trying to show you the ropes. Be slow to anger, and take time to listen to the ones trying to help you.”

When Jonathan isn’t at work, he enjoys traveling anywhere he can with his wife, Audra. He also likes spending time with his niece and nephews, watching movies, watching TV, playing video games, hunting, and shooting guns.