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S.C. EMS community shocked as paramedic dies of childbirth complications

Scott County EMS Paramedic Deputy Chief Director Devonnia Tscheulin was known as “the biggest unsung hero” in the department


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By Mike Stunson
The Charlotte Observer

SCOTTSBURG, Ind. — A paramedic known for her devotion to her family and community died from childbirth complications, her husband said.

Devonnia Tscheulin, the Paramedic Deputy Chief Director of Scott County EMS in Scottsburg, Indiana, died Tuesday, Aug. 14. She was 34.

She had been airlifted to an Indianapolis hospital after giving birth to her third child, Maverick, said her husband, Michael Tschuelin.

Tscheulin was employed with Scott County EMS since 2010 and was promoted to deputy director in 2017.

Nicholas Oleck, the chief of Scott County EMS, called Tschuelin “one of the most important people” in his life.

She was a joyful soul who could light up a room without trying,” Oleck said in a Facebook post. “She made a presence without speaking, she made an impact without trying. I took her soul for granted because of everything she was capable of, and made it look easy.”

Also referred to as “the biggest unsung hero” in the department, Tschuelin formerly was a member of the Washington County Ambulance Service. Washington County borders Scott County in southeastern Indiana.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, Aug. 19, in Scottsburg, Tschuelin’s hometown.

“Devonnia was a caring, selfless individual that devoted her life to serving her family and community,” an obituary states.

A 6-mile long escort brought Tschuelin back to Scottsburg after her death, her husband said.

Lee Daniels, who worked alongside Tschuelin, called it the largest escort he has ever been a part of.

“Few understand that EMS is a family,” Daniels said. “When someone hurts, you hurt. When they die, you die more inside.”

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