Mike Copeland has been an invaluable member of the Ventura County EMS community for the past 25 years. Throughout his career, he has served as an EMT, a Paramedic, and a Field Training Officer. He has developed a reputation as someone who leads by example.
Mike was one of the first to respond to the deadly shooting at a country music bar in Thousand Oaks, California in November 2018. He sprang into action mode when he received a patient with multiple gunshot wounds. Mike did not realize at the time that his patient was a long-time friend and fellow first responder. Mike transported the man to the hospital, then returned to assist other patients.
Just days after the shooting, disastrous wildfires broke out in Ventura County. No one would have questioned Mike had he asked for time off to cope after the shooting, but being the dedicated and selfless individual he is, Mike volunteered to fill available shifts during this difficult time.
We honor Mike for his tireless commitment to his patients, his fellow caregivers, and the community he has lived in and served for decades.