Countdown to EMS Week - Meet Blackduck's ambulance service personnel
These next three individuals have a combined 45 years experience as EMTs, two of them have been paramedics for the past three years.
There are currently 14 paramedics and Emergency Medical Technicians on the Blackduck Ambulance Service. Some of which are also First Responders.
EMS Week will be observed May 20-26 as an honor to all the First Responders, EMTs and Paramedics in the field.
During the past 23 years, Cribb has been in the emergency medical field - 23 years as a First Responder, 21 years as an EMT and three years as a paramedic.
He has been a member of Kelliher Fire and Rescue for the past 24 years. Currently he is the assistant fire chief . He has been a member of the Blackduck Ambulance Service for 20 years. He is also president of the Kelliher First Responders.
Cribb has worked for years in the automotive industry. he was at Harold Chevrolet in Bloomington for 20 years, Beck Auto in Blackduck for 15 years and is currently a mechanic for Bogart's Service in Blackduck.
"I like being able to help people in need," Cribb said. "I also enjoy working with our current staff. They are all like my second family."
He says he wouldn't have stayed in the EMS if he didn't have a passion for it.
Cribb attended Dunwoody in Minneapolis for two years, went to GM tech school and ETA Paramedic school. He hopes to remain in EMS after he retires from the automotive business.
He and his wife, Janet, live in Kelliher and have two children and two grandchildren with a third on the way. He enjoys spending time fishing and golfing with his grandkids.
Peterson is one the full time paramedics with Blackduck Ambulance. She has served as an EMT for almost 19 years before she became a paramedic three years ago.
Aside from working for the ambulance, Peterson is also employed at Anderson Fabrics and has been there for the past 22 years.
"I enjoy the challenge of helping people," she said. "I also enjoy working with this excellent group of people. They are family."
One part of her job she doesn't enjoy is seeing kids who are sick or hurt.
Peterson is a graduate of Blackduck High School and attended Concordia College for four years. She also attended paramedic training school.
Her future plans are to continue to work. Some of her hobbies include reading, working outside and shopping.
Malterud is no stranger to the EMS field. Not only is the Bemidji graduate a casual EMT-Basic with Blackduck Ambulance Service for the past five years, he has also worked with ambulance services in Bemidji, Leech Lake and Clearwater County. He has also worked as a Beltrami County dispatcher.
He attended Northland Community and Technical College in East Grand Forks where he earned his EMT license and also received some firefighter certifications.
"I enjoy helping people in their time of need," he said. "Meeting new people and hearing their stories. I also enjoy working with my co-workers."
One of the worst parts of the job for Malterud are some of the calls they go out on.
"Some calls can be very tough," he said. "We see some very bad stuff."
Malterud was recently hired with Beltrami County and want to work on making that a career.
"I will want to continue working ambulance here in Blackduck because it is a great place to work and I enjoy working with the people I work with and the community," he said.
When not working, he enjoys spending time with his girlfriend, Pattie, and her two sons along with his two dogs and spending time outdoors. He also likes cars and has a Mustang he likes to work on.
"I just bought a house last fall and want to spend time working on that and making it how I want it," he said. He also hopes to get married in the future.