Jerry Boyd SMS Standout

Jerry Boyd is a remote paramedic and was recently nominated by QHSE Coordinator Jason Willingham. Jerry is being recognized for customer recognition, excellent performance, quality of work and living the SMS mission. Jason stated, “Jerry was recognized by his peers aboard the Seadrill West Vela for his exemplary performance delivering onboarding orientation.  He is a high performing employee who takes pride in his work and how it reflects upon the company. Jerry is frequently acknowledged for his medical skills and patient care from medical directors and his on-ship peers.”

Jerry has a decorated career in EMS and remote paramedicine. He also served in the US Navy as an Independent Duty Corpsman. He is passionate about continuing education and accruing EMS credentials.  Outside of work, Jerry enjoys time at the firing range and music concerts. Please, help us congratulate Jerry on his accomplishment. Jerry, thank you for exemplifying the SMS motto: protecting lives and changing cultures and for all that you do. Great work! 

Jerry gave us some insight into what a day in his shoes looks like.AA: Describe a typical day at work.

JB: My day starts by checking equipment and daily water test. From there, I conduct the safety induction for personnel arriving on-board the ship with more detailed inductions given for new personnel.  After that, organizing and entering observation cards and routine sick calls.


AA: What was the best vacation you have ever taken?

JB: Western Caribbean cruise in 2012.


AA: Describe yourself in one sentence.

JB: Gun loving Texan and traditional Catholic.


AA: What is your favorite thing about your job?

JB: Taking care of folks and being able to follow up to see the final outcome. 


AA: What food could you live on for a month?

JB: Steak.


AA: Do you have a side hustle, hobby or volunteer group that you’re involved in outside of work? What else do you spend your time doing?

JB: “I’ve learned the answer to that question makes people uncomfortable.” – Beau Bennett – The Ranch TV show


AA: How do you stay motivated at work?

JB: I try to stay busy by doing online education and reading.


AA: What has been the most fulfilling moment in your career so far?

JB: At the Marine Corps Ball in Okinawa Japan. A Marine I had to take care of introduced me to his family and said, “This is my doc, he is the one that saved my life.”


AA: Who would play you in a movie?

JB: Sam Elliott. We have similar political views, don’t have much to say but when we do folks should listen and we both have mustaches.


AA: Tell us about a moment that changed your life.

JB:  When a former manager (Todd LaPorte) suggested I try the Traditional Latin Mass. Thanks to Todd’s recommendation, I started attending church again. I’m just sorry I couldn’t tell him thanks before he left us too soon.


AA: What would be your advice for future [safety professionals]?

JB: Get your NEBOSH if you want to stay in safety. If you’re a paramedic, get a critical care certificate and maintain your skills.


AA: What is your favorite activity outside of work?

JB: Shooting guns. 


AA: Name one book that inspired you professionally.

JB: I’ve never had a book that inspired me professionally, but I’ve had plenty of great mentors that inspired me.


AA: Which talent or superpower would you most like to have and why?

JB: The ability to force people to tell the truth.


AA: What was the best advice you were ever given?

JB:  From an old Navy Physician Assistant. “If your patient comes back in and hasn’t gotten better, do another full workup; you missed something or they lied. Never trust another provider, do your own exam. If your gut says you are right, screw everyone else’s opinion.”


AA: Do you have a bucket list? What are the top 3 things on it?


  1. A pilgrimage to the Holy Land
  2. Visit Italy 
  3. Visit Scottland 

AA: Do you have any pets? What are their names?

JB:  None


AA: A penguin walks through the door right now wearing a sombrero. What does he say and why is he here?

JB: More importantly, why is a penguin wearing a sombrero, how did he/she get on the ship and how did he/she open my door?  After that, he probably wants to hang out in my office, I keep it cold in there.

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