Jessica Marcum.

Jessica Marcum

Community Paramedic

Umatilla County Fire District 1

When and why did you move to Hermiston?

I moved to Hermiston in 2007 to become a resident intern with the Hermiston Fire Department, now called Umatilla County Fire District #1. I had just gotten my EMT Basic certification from Blue Mountain Community College and was looking for a good place to get some experience while attending college.

Where is your favorite place to eat in Hermiston?

My top two places to eat out are Ixtapa and Veg Out. I could eat Mexican food every day. Veg Out has been a recent favorite with their unique flavors and fast service.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

I feel like spare time is a rare thing these days. When I’m not working, I’m usually at home with my family, at youth group, or taking care of our fainting goats.

What surprises you about Hermiston?

Despite being much bigger than my hometown, it still has the same small town feel. Hermiston has so much to do, but you can still find someone you know just about anywhere you go.

What was the last book you read?

My Bible. I try to keep it as a part of my morning routine.

What website or app do you use most other than Facebook?

Besides email, I use Marco Polo and Zoom a lot more these days. It’s been a better way of at least seeing peoples’ faces with this whole quarantine.

If you could travel anywhere, where would you go?

The coast! It’s one of my favorite places to be.

What is the funniest thing that’s ever happened to you?

Having fainting goats, everyone wants to see them actually faint. The easiest way to get goats to faint is to jump at them when they aren’t expecting it. One of my fire chiefs came over with his family to see the goats and pick some out for their kids. Not thinking about the recent rain/snow that had made the ground slick and muddy, I hopped towards one trying to make it faint. Instead of getting the goat to faint, I landed flat on my back in front of my chief and his whole family. My husband happened to come home five minutes later and we got a good laugh out of it.

What is one of your goals for the next 12 months?

One of my goals for the next 12 months is to find sustainable funding for my job. I have had an amazing opportunity with the fire department to help build our Community Paramedic Program. It’s a service provided by UCFD1 and Good Shepherd Medical Center that follows up with patients after 911 calls to help prevent readmissions. We have been up and running for 3 years now, but have been operating on grant funds and in-kind donations. It has been something most programs around the state has been challenged by, but we have been building more partnerships and are hopefully getting close to finding sustainable options!

What is your proudest accomplishment?

My family hands down. My husband and I will be celebrating our 10-year anniversary soon and have two beautiful girls. They make me laugh every day and are always willing to help others.

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