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Who heals the healers?

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    Jordan Unicume, UCC paramedic student, and Roger Kennedy, UCC program adviser, are familiar with stress. Corden Drift / The Mainstream

The untold story of emergency responder stress

The emotional toll suffered by people in medical professions is seldom told. Those out on the front lines and in the emergency room attempting to save family and friends are only human. TV shows like “House M.D.” and “Grey’s Anatomy” portray medically trained professionals as heroes who can bring back people from the dead and perform miraculous procedures any day. Yes, sometimes people are inexplicably saved, but realistically that is not always the case.

Because workers in medical fields can accumulate a great amount of stress after every single incident they respond to, UCC paramedic students are required to take at least one term of crisis intervention class. These classes are meant to prepare students for traumatic situations they might experience in the field. In these classes, students also learn how to cope with emotions post-scenario. This is the only amount of training students get in regards to the emotional stress that will occur after responding to an incident.

“My very first call as an actual working EMT was a code,” said UCC paramedic student Jordan Unicume. A “code” means that an EMT is attempting to resuscitate a patient whose heart is not pumping. “A code is a situation that does not typically end well for the patient. It is rare to see a patient who has suffered from cardiac arrest walk out of the hospital.” Unicume said. “I had gone through the crisis intervention class and was taught how to deal with my emotions from the traumatic experiences that the job would throw at me, yet I was unprepared,” Unicume continued. “I don’t believe all the training in the world could prepare us for what we face as first responders.”

When running a code, the first responder is expected to follow a timed algorithm that dictates when to perform CPR, when to pass certain medications, and when to defibrillate the heart. Unicume said that a code is something that is one of the easier things that a first responder is expected to know how to perform. “As an EMT, we are expected to be able to look at any medical or trauma situation and determine how to provide the best care,” Unicume explained, “all while selecting from a large variety of tools and medications in an environment that could be completely out of your control.” Unicume elaborated further by saying, “It’s unpredictable, and yet we need to know how to handle the scenario around us while also providing professional care to one or more patients in front of us.”

What first responders do on a regular basis takes a stressful and emotional toll. The statistics are jaw-dropping. In a study done by the Reviving Responders for Fitch & Associates’ Ambulance Service Manager Program, 37 percent of participants said they contemplated suicide, and 6.6 percent of participants attempted suicide compared to 0.5 percent of adults nationally. More than 80 percent of the participants admitted to experiencing “critical stress.” In the study, critical stress was defined as “the stress we undergo as a result of a single critical incident that had significant impact or accumulated stress over time.” More than 4,000 people participated in the study.

What’s more disheartening is that 40 percent of those who admitted to contemplating or attempting suicide had access to help but chose not to receive support because co-workers might look at them differently. Why is seeking help to handle emotions looked down upon?

“Everybody has a backpack, and in every incident that we respond to something winds up in your backpack,” UCC paramedic program advisor Roger Kennedy said. “If you don’t keep working to empty your backpack and lighten the load, at some point that backpack is going to be so full that you can no longer carry it, and it’s going to pull you down.”

First responders, EMTs, and paramedics are more than just people who drive the ambulance, fire truck, or police car to the scene of the incident. These people are awake at all hours of the day to help others. In addition to knowing how to perform a multitude of tasks for a plethora of medical scenarios, first responders have to cope with the emotions that come with not being able to save everyone they come in contact with.


Men’s basketball defeat Lane Titans in dramatic fashion on home court

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The UCC men’s Riverhawk basketball team rode a two game win streak in Roseburg with their victory against Eugene’s Lane Community College, extending their current winning streak to three games by defeating the Titans 81-72 Wednesday, Jan. 18, at the Riverhawk nest.

The men had a slow start, giving up an early lead to the Titans. Head coach Daniel Leeworthy called his team’s first timeout early in the first half after a dunk was made by Lane forward Jaylin Robinson. “We just didn’t start very well, and we weren’t ready to play,” coach Leeworthy said. “We lost a lot of those toughness plays [as] we like to call them, and we corrected the ship.”

UCC fought back and took a 36-31 lead into halftime after an exchange of nine lead changes in the first half.

After the break, the Riverhawks came out firing on all cylinders by going on a 19-3 run to start the second half, increasing their lead to 20. After shooting just 39.4 percent as a team in the first half, UCC finished the second half strong, shooting 48.6 percent in the second frame.

Lane would not go down without a fight though as they slowly clawed their way back into the game. The Titans brought the score to within three, 75-72 in favor of the Riverhawks, after Lane made two bonus free throws while UCC was in the penalty. “You’re always trying to weather the storm and try to get momentum back on your side,” UCC guard Grant Ellison said. “Sometimes it’s hard because it seems like they’re making all the shots and getting all the calls, but you just have to stay calm.”

Although UCC gave up their largest lead of 24 points, the Riverhawks stayed the course and got the win. “It kind of feels bittersweet because we let that big lead go, but at the end of the day a win is a win,” Ellison said after contributing 21 points on 57 percent shooting.

The Riverhawks have now extended their win streak to five games after contests against the Clackamas Cougars in the nest on Saturday, Jan. 21, winning 87-72, and against the Chemeketa Storm defeating Chemeketa 122-116 on the road. UCC’s next home game will be played against the Portland Panthers Monday, Feb. 6. Students can attend for free with a student I.D.

Riverhawks emerge victorious from the courts

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    Guard Ashley Backen and Forward Jordan Stotler lock in defensively against the Titans Corden Drift / The Mainstream

Women’s basketball obliterate Lane, 77-58

The women’s basketball team’s 2017 basketball season started off strong after defeating the 2016 Northwest Athletic Conference Champions Lane Titans, 77-58, Wednesday, Jan. 18 at the Riverhawk nest in Roseburg, Oregon.

UCC entered the game ready for a clash with the Titans as both teams were fighting for the top spot in the South region. The Riverhawks started the game off slowly, giving Lane an early 8-2 lead in the first quarter, but eventually UCC picked up speed. “It was a big game. Both teams hadn’t lost yet, and it was played at home,” head coach Dave Stricklin said. “We didn’t want to lose here at home and have to go to Lane and now have to beat them at Lane to get a tie.”

The Riverhawks especially imposed their will against the Titans in the rebounding category. As a team, UCC collected 58 total rebounds, with 25 coming off the offensive glass. That effort led to 23 second-chance points for UCC and played a crucial part in sealing the win.

Forwards Jordan Stotler and Dajanay “Daisy” Powell both had double doubles in the game. Stotler posted a game-high 24 points and gathered an impressive 18 rebounds. Powell also had an incredible outing with 14 points and 15 rebounds. “Daisy is so unbelievably strong, and Jordan is so long and athletic,” coach Dave Stricklin said. “The two of them complement each other so well.”

After putting Lane in the rear view mirror, the Riverhawks then met the Clackamas Cougars on home court. The women defeated the Cougars again 65-39 in Roseburg after winning four of the last nine meetings against Clackamas.

The Riverhawks have now won six games in a row, bringing their overall season record to 17-2 and 6-0 against regional opponents. Both of UCC’s losses came in the month of December: one loss against Lane, 78-69, the other against Lower Columbia, 72-69. UCC can boast about defeating defending NWAC champions Lane. The Riverhawks have won six of their last 10 games against Lane, dating back to the 2013-2014 season.

UCC’S final game against frequent rival Lane will be played in Eugene on Wednesday, Feb. 15 at 5:30 p.m. Gymnasium 202 off Gonyea Road.


Riverhawks defeat SWOCC Lakers, earn berth into NWAC Tournament

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    The UCC Riverhawks women's volleyball team celebrates and poses after victory over SWOCC. Corden Drift / The Mainstream

Umpqua came in fourth in the league, the South division, after tournament play.

The UCC women’s volleyball team created a night to behold Wednesday, Nov. 9 at the Riverhawk nest defeating the SWOCC Lakers in dominating fashion, winning all the three sets 25-14, 25-13, 25-13. The night honored the sophomores who will be graduating later this year as Wednesday night’s game was the last home game of the year. On this sophomore night with friends and family in the stands, the Riverhawks earned the fourth seed in the South region and will move onto the NWAC Championship Tournament in Tacoma, Washington.

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Riverhawks fall to Chemeketa Storm in competitive three set match

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    Olivia Gulliford, Kaysie Cornelio and Felicia Sparks, await serve attempt from Chemeketa Corden Drift / The Mainstream

The women’s volleyball team lost to Chemeketa Community College in a competitive three set match at the Riverhawks nest Friday, Oct. 28. UCC lost all three sets in the match 25-18, 25-22 and 26-24; however, the match was more compelling than the final scores indicate. Keep Reading

UCC confidently goes into second half of season defeating SU

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    UCC Riverhawk #7 Kaylee Hagadorn serves toward the SU Red Hawks Corden Drift /The Mainstream

The Umpqua Community College women’s volleyball team defeated Simpson University in convincing fashion Monday, Oct. 17, 26-28, 25-17, 25-16, 25-16 at the Riverhawks Nest in Roseburg, Oregon. With the win, UCC moved their overall record to 20-17 and continue their season with confidence as UCC has multiple conference games coming in the near future.

The Riverhawk ladies started off slow against the Red Hawks but kept it competitive in the first set. Head coach Lacy Pinard made a lineup change in the second set, adding middle blocker Cheyenne Chambers into the mix. Chambers’ enthusiasm sparked the team’s chemistry and the team didn’t look back, taking the next three sets to win the game. Libero Kaysie Cornelio had this to say about Chambers’ enthusiasm, “We all feed off of her energy. We use that to push and execute.”

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St. Joseph’s dedicates Oct. 1 memorial to UCC

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    An arrangement of flowers and candles surrounded the memorial along with photographs of the victims.

St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Roseburg dedicated their new memorial Friday, Sept. 30 to those who lost their lives Oct. 1, 2015. The family of Lucero Alcaraz, one of the students who died in Snyder 15, attended the commemoration service.

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