From USMC to EMT: Combat Lifesaver Training Helped Member Earn Honors as a Medic

By Tom Mashberg

| Photographs By Caroline Martin

Budget_feature_sidebar.jpgDAVID MILLHOUSE’S TIME as a Marine in Afghanistan led him to a career he loves: serving as a first responder.

The EMT in Richmond, Virginia, says he was “lost and floating around” before he joined the military in 2009.

“The Marine Corps taught me to know what I could handle,” says Millhouse.

“We see a lot of trauma here in Richmond, everything from shootings to broken bones. The trauma treatments I learned in the
Marine Corps definitely relate to my work in the civilian sector. I can say to my partner, ‘Let’s try this; I know it works.’”

10% of EMT first responders served in the armed forces.

— U.S. Department of Labor, 2015

When Millhouse arrived in Afghanistan, his primary job was logistics, even though he’d received combat lifesaver certification.

That designation offered him the necessary training to splint bones, control bleeding and travel with convoys to assist Navy corpsmen, if necessary.

Once home, Millhouse, now 27, earned his EMT certification and joined the Richmond Ambulance Authority, which named him EMT of
the Year for 2015.

“I knew I wanted to serve my community too, like I did in the Marines,” he says. “It would drive me crazy to sit behind a desk.”

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David Millhouse (pictured above), member since 2010, and colleague Veronica Ruffin participate in a training exercise.


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