Charleston Co. Council Chair reacts to EMS chief's memoir

VIDEO: Chairman Summey responds to Lundy's self written memoir
Source: WCSC
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CHARLESTON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Less than two weeks after self-publishing his memoir, the Charleston County EMS director is on paid administrative leave.

In his book, Don Lundy has some choice words for people he says he's served with, and lead.

While it's not clear if his words were targeting Charleston County EMS, he is now facing an internal investigation.

"I'll take my government hat off, and just being a normal person, I didn't like that," Charleston County Council Chairmain Elliott Summey said.

Summey is referring to a controversial passage in Lundy's book Paramedic of the Heart.

It's in regards to some of Lundy's employees and coworkers over the past 41 years.

It reads quote, "They are life-sucking, energy draining bags of annoying hell. And, for their own misgivings, everyone around them must suffer."

"People are entitled to their own opinion," Summey said. "If he wants to write a book about whatever he wants to write about that's his own business."

The book is only available on Amazon, either as a paperback or an e-book.

The book goes through different experiences he had on the job.

"This is not a job but a calling," Lundy writes. "In this business, attitude is everything. Those of us who are serious about patient care realize that our sole purpose in our mission is to serve others."

One reviewer, Frank S, writes "I can't even imagine how it must feel to be the paramedic he mentions specifically, who currently are working the streets of Charleston County, and reading their Chief's words about them."

Another anonymous reviewer wrote, "I find it hard to believe that someone who is supposed to be a 'Leader' could say some of the things he does about his employees. This is very disgusting to know that someone can publicly support his employees to the media could turn around and completely berate and belittle the same people who he defends in public."

It's not clear whether Lundy is talking about Charleston County employees, or others, since he has worked for four organizations in his 41-year-career.

"I wouldn't have done that, but it's his right if he wants to," Summey said.

Not all reviews were negative.

A post by a Charleston Native says quote, "This book is full of tidbits that will help everyone understand the stress and professionalism that our people here show every day."

"The service isn't going to be interrupted, it isn't going to stop," Summey said. "Don is a great guy, and a great director, EMS director, but in no way will things stop."

The publisher for Paramedics of the Heart is CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, Amazon's self-book publisher.

Attempts at reaching Chief Lundy for comment were unreturned.

While Lundy is on leave, Deputy County Administrator, Christine DuRant, is in charge of Charleston County EMS.

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