When you get called into admin at the end of a 24-hour shift, you just might be in trouble. This morning (May 2) Randy Fink was called in along with his partner Mark Villarreal. Upon arrival, they were ushered into the board room with Executive Director Bradley England, H.R. Director Jim Van Hooser, Clinical Manager Megan Ryan, and Comm Center Manager Lori Broadrick and they were handed a report to review. Randy thumbed through it and laughed as he turned to the third page. There in big letters it said, “Happy Birthday, Old Man.” Mark was in on the birthday joke.
Randy turned 71 today and he’s still riding strong on Medic 513. Randy started at Cypress Creek EMS as a volunteer non-medical driver. He volunteeed for 1 1/2 years. He was inspired to get his EMT – B Certification and shortly after that he was hired full-time. Randy and Mark have been partners for 12 years. Mark even jokes that if they split up, he gets half.
EMS is actually Randy’s second career. He spent 30 years in the oil business making drilling tools. He even built up his own busines, Fink Drilling Tools after graduating from Houston Baptist University with a business degree. He sold that business and one day a friend who was a non-medical driver told him that CCEMS could use some more volunteers. He did his driving training on the job with Jim Van Hooser as his training officer and then went to work as a volunteer.
Randy joined CCEMS in October of 2004 and says he loves the job. Many people may not know this, but Randy runs the play clock at all U of H and Conroe High School home games. He used to be a referee in the Southwest Conference. He sometimes runs into old football friends on calls. Mark tells a story of responding to a call where a man had fallen and broke his leg to the point that it was facing the wrong direction. Randy and the patient recognized he other and Randy yelled out “Coach.” By the time Mark had pain meds ready to go, Randy and the patient were laughing about old times.
What Randy loves to do most when he’s off duty is play with his grandchildren. He and his wife, Janet, have three daughters and seven grandchildren.
When Randy was at admin today, Community Relations Manager Holly Pichette noticed his employee badge was very worn and made him a new one. Mark got a new one, too. He’s been here since 1994.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, RANDY