Matt West always wanted to be in the Army. It wasn’t until he started working as an ER Tech at Payson Regional Medical Center that he knew he wanted to become an Army Medic. On March 30, West leaves for nine weeks of basic training at Fort Sill, Okla. Upon completion he will attend medic school at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas for 16 weeks of training.
“When I get out I will be a ‘68-Whiskey’ – that is a health care specialist,” West said. He is committed to a four-year enlistment, but may stay in longer. “The Army is giving me a chance to learn, so when I come out I want to stay in health care,” said West. He has worked in the hospital’s emergency department for approximately two years. Following high school he joined the Hellsgate Fire Department in Star Valley and earned his EMT certificate through Gila County Community College, where he also studied fire management.