Scott Gordon, PA-C
Scott Gordon is a PA by day and a police officer by night.
In this rural Texas panhandle practice, Gordon is the only other medical practitioner in Dr. Ammon Weber’s family medicine clinic. They work on separate wings of the same building and may go days without seeing each other. “I trust him,” says Dr Weber, “and I respect the great rapport he has with patients.
Early in his career, a police officer, who was also a patient, asked Gordon to work as a medic on the city SWAT team. For eight years, he was the only team member who didn’t carry a badge.
In 2009, he decided to go to the police academy at night to become an officer and earn that badge. Now every Tuesday after seeing his last patient, he works a full shift as a policeman in Borger, Texas.
When Gordon is not on patrol, he teaches officers and firefighters tactical medicine which has saved at least two lives so far – one from a gunshot wound and another from a bike accident, where both patients would have bled to death if the police officers at the scene had not been recipients of his training.
Both of these service jobs in the community have helped Gordon forge better relationships between the citizens and the police. For example, he helped fight a synthetic marijuana epidemic with education--by teaching students and the general public about both the dangers to the human body and the legal problems it creates. “I introduce myself as Officer Gordon,” he says, then adds “but most of you know me as PA Scott.
I have seen patients as young as two weeks and as old as 104. I am on my fourth generation of patients—watching them grow up and have their own children. On a recent police call, I spoke to a woman who recognized me. She said 19 years ago she came in for the stomach flu and I wanted her to take a pregnancy test even though she did not think she was pregnant. Her daughter is in college now.
When I was a kid, people supported me and encouraged me. I learned you have to pay it back and help out your community. Being a Certified PA and a cop allows me to make a difference.”