May Member Spotlight – Deputy Chief Andy Tucker
Q. How long have you been in EMS? What is your current position at Marple EMS?
I’ve been a member since May of 1988, I am currently the Deputy Chief of Operations.
Q. What made you become a part of EMS?
I joined Marple Ambulance because I was taught at an early age to serve my community. My parents were a perfect example of that, my mother Marcia was the first woman commissioner in Marple Township and my Father was a life member of MTAC, he was also President of MTAC in the 70’s. As a child I can remember riding in the green Cadillac ambulances with my Dad wearing his white jumpsuit.
Q. What is the most rewarding part of your job/position?
I have watched members come and go, entering MTAC as a trainee and ending up as Doctors, Physicians Assistants, Nurses and Medics and Career EMT’s. Having a small hand in their success is extremely rewarding. We make a difference in people’s lives.
Q. What are your hobbies outside of work?
Playing golf, sitting on the beach…any beach, but Townsend Inlet is my favorite.
Q. What is an interesting fact about you that no one may know?
I thought about becoming a teacher, I ended up going to the University of Phoenix to get my degree, but after completion decided to stay in the EMS.
Q.What did you want to do while growing up?
I tried the restaurant business early in my teenage years, then thought about being a teacher and ended up in EMS.
Q. Tell me about your life…
I am currently a paramedic with PennSTAR flight team at the University of Pennsylvania. I started my career at Crozer Chester Medical Center, then went to Haverford Township in the late 90’s until just recently, now I am in the critical care world of EMS. I always remained where I started, at MTAC. I am married have 3 son’s, Both Andrew and Nick have become volunteer firefighters of which I am very proud to say I think it has come full circle. My other son Kaleb wants to become an FBI agent, we shall see in about 10 years. We enjoy going down the shore on our weekends off, I love playing golf and spending time with my family.