Congratulations to our June 2018 Volunteer of the Month, Loren Solberg. Loren began as a volunteer paramedic at Cypress Creek on December 3, 2016, but he rode with us back in 2001-02 when he was doing his ambulance clinicals for his paramedic patch. The award was presented to Loren by CCEMS Board President Ruben Gonzales at the regular monthly meeting of the Cypress Creek EMS Board of Directors. (For larger view click on the pictures)
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Loren worked for 23 years as chief of the emergency response brigade at the Rohm and Hass chemical plant in LaPorte. The brigade maintained readiness to handle EMS, High Angle Rescue, Industrial Fire, and Hazmat on site.
After he retired, he was hired back on a contract basis to oversee safe operating procedures for Dow, which bought the Rohm and Haas plant in 2009.
Working on an industrial site, Loren says he did not have any EMS street experience, which is why he decided to volunteer at CCEMS. Spending time on our trucks he heard such great things about our Paramedic Academy he decided to sit in on the class. Loren sat in for about 8 of the 12 months to refresh and update his knowledge and learn new things. He was specifically interested in honing his cardiac and airway skills. He spent so much time in class that when it was time for the 2017-18 graduating class picture, his classmates invited him to come up from the audience to be in one of the pictures.
Loren has a history of service. He served in the US Coast Guard Auxiliary for 10 years and was volunteer firefighter/EMT for nearly 14 years at Southeast Volunteer Fire Department. Loren and his wife have 2 daughters, 3 sons, 5 grandchildren and a 6th on the way.
Since joining CCEMS as a volunteer Loren has donated more than 403 hours of his time, working mostly at medic 56, 58 and 512.