Terry Childers is the 2018 Star of Life representing LifeNet’s Hot Springs, Arkansas division. Terry originally decided to become a paramedic because he thought it would be an exciting and fast-paced career. After twenty-seven years in the business, he affirms that he was right! Terry has served patients, their families, and his coworkers in many roles over the years, and says he has learned from some of the best providers in Arkansas. Terry has managed both ground and flight programs, served as educator, and functioned as mentor to innumerable EMS professionals over the years.
Terry admits that the main reason for his long tenure in EMS is the personal gratification he feels when caring for patients. While he acknowledges the critical impact he and his peers have played in life-saving moments, Terry relishes the ability to make someone’s day better by providing a moment of comfort, or just by listening to their stories. He confesses that patients probably do not realize that caring for them contributes as much to his well-being as he hopes does the role he plays in their lives.
Terry’s peers nominated him to represent them as Star of Life and their accolades left him humbled and honored. One co-worker’s words shared the sentiment of many, stating “He is an amazing medic and takes care of people like no one else!” Another peer said, “He is humble, kind, and never hesitates to help someone else.”
When not at work, Terry finds time for balance in life by relaxing on the Lake. Recently he has been renovating a 103-year-old house and, during breaks, enjoys sitting on his front porch with Leroy, his bulldog, who is a celebrity of sorts among his EMS community.