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Providing the best Advanced Life Support Care to the citizens of the Pueblo of Jemez, and surrounding communities that are served by Jemez Pueblo EMS.

The mission of Jemez Pueblo Emergency Medical Services is to provide prompt, efficient, and financially responsible emergency medical services to the citizens of Pueblo of Jemez and the surrounding response areas in Sandoval County. Our goal is to serve the patients with the highest degree of professionalism and the utmost compassion. We believe the patient is the final judge in determining the success of our mission.

Pre-hospital care for the sick and injured of the Pueblo of Jemez and Surrounding communities.

Services Offered by Department
Pre-hospital treatment and transportation of the sick and injured for the Pueblo of Jemez and surrounding communities. All services are provided at the Advanced Life Support level. Jemez Pueblo EMS ambulances are staffed with a paramedic 24/7/365.

EMS Staff

David P. Ryan
Director of Emergency Management / Paramedic
Biography: Went to EMT – Basic class at Dona Ana Community College in spring of 1990 after father had heart attack in Jemez Springs on Christmas Day. Father did well but got me into a life of EMS. Graduated NMSU with Productions/Operations Bachelor of Business Administration. Started working for Albuquerque Ambulance Service as an EMT-B/Dispatcher, cross trained to the field in 1993, went to Paramedic School at UNM School of Medicine graduating 1995. Worked at Albuquerque Ambulance Service as an EMT – Paramedic, Field Supervisor. Went to Town of Bernalillo EMS 1999 field Paramedic. Started working at Jemez Pueblo EMS 2004 to Present. During my tenure at Jemez Pueblo EMS, we have increased the level of care from ILS 24/7 to ALS 24/7. I am currently the Director of Emergency Management overseeing the EMS and Injury Prevention Programs as well as the planning aspects for Emergency Management. Most recently honored with the 2016 Jon Tibbetts Leadership Award.

  • Pueblo of Jemez Years of Service:  September 2004 – Current    
  • Total Years of Service in EMS: 26
  • Hobbies: golf, ATV riding in the mountains, guns, auto mechanics, wood hauling / chopping.

Virgil Gachupin
Biography:  Became interested in EMS after a tragedy back in 1986 while being a part of the southwest fire fighting crew.   Losing four crew members, one being a childhood friend in Idaho. I wanted to make a change for myself and chose to become a Medical provider and help out the community and well as the surrounding community members.  

  • POJ Years of Service: 25 years Currently EMT – Intermediate
  • Total Years of Service in EMS: 30 years in EMS, Town of Bernalillo EMS part time for 8 years, Current Fire chief for Sandoval County Fire Department District 6 
  • Hobbies: Hunting, wood work, watching sports & fishing

Sean Robertson
QI Coordinator
Biography: I was born rural Arizona and raised between rural New Mexico and Arizona.  I became an EMT in 1992 and went to Phoenix to attend paramedic school in 1994. I spent 17 years at Albuquerque Ambulance, with 15 of those working as a field supervisor. I was hired by Jemez Pueblo EMS in 2011 and have been here since.

  • POJ Years of Service: 5
  • Total Years of Service in EMS: 25
  • Hobbies: I like to hunt and fish in my free time. I also enjoy spending time with my family and watching my grandchildren on video chat (they live in British Columbia, Canada). 

Kevin Henson
Biography:  Started in EMS in 1984.  Have worked in large and small services, as well as volunteered.  20 plus years as a volunteer in Search & Rescue.  Worked for Jemez Pueblo in late 90’s, then left the State to become a Fire Chief in Oregon.  Returned in 2015 for family reasons and came back to work part time for Jemez EMS.

  • POJ Years of Service:  7
  • Total Years of Service in EMS:  32
  • Hobbies:  Enjoy the outdoors.  Quad riding (especially in the Jemez Mountains), motorcycle riding, camping, fishing.

Jim Crum
Biography: I was born and raised in Asheville, NC. After graduation from high school, I attended college at NC State University in Raleigh, NC. Immediately after graduating from college with a Bachelor’s degree in hospitality and tourism management with a minor in business, I moved back to my hometown and attended paramedic school. Shortly after graduating from paramedic school with an Associate’s degree in Emergency Medical Science, I Moved to Albuquerque, NM in 2004 and worked in the Presbyterian ER downtown until 2006. I then worked at Albuquerque Ambulance Service until 2009. Since then, I’ve been a full-time paramedic here for the Pueblo of Jemez. I couldn’t be any happier to be in this beautiful scenic area serving such a welcoming and friendly community!

  • POJ Years of Service: Part-time in 2008, full-time since 2009
  • Total Years of Service in EMS: 11 years
  • Hobbies: Mountain biking, skiing, hiking, traveling, cooking and eating

Denise Lucero
Administrative Assistant/EMT-Basic
Biography:  I have worked as an Administrative Assistant over the course of 20 years. I found it interesting and it took me places to gain more skills and knowledge in that field. I was happy with what I was doing but I was still looking for something new and challenging.   I was interested in EMS but never pursued it, until one day when I finally decided to go back to school to become an EMT-B.  I passed my class and got my certificate but I never took my state test so I continued to work as an Administrative Asst.  In 2006-2007 I applied for the Admin. Assist. Position at EMS and was skeptical but I was hired.  One of the requirements was to become an EMT so since I let everything lapse the first time I had to start from square one and go back to school. After so many months of spending my weekends at school, I finally finished school and got my certificate again. My last step was to take the state test and pass at which I did and I got my state license.

  • POJ Years of Service:  20
  • Total Years of Service in EMS: 10 years
  • Hobbies:  Hiking, Fishing, Camping, Sewing and outdoor sports.