This archived article was written by: Allie Mangum
CEU’s Jason Llewelyn serves as information technology administrator and is a member of Helper’s volunteer fire department.
Graduating from CEU and the University of Utah, he obtained a degree in communication and has been working full-time at CEU since 1991. He was hired with the challenge of designing the distance learning program now in use. Lleweyn is also in charge of the telephone system, the wireless internet and fixing any and all problems that arise with all campus computers. He also handles all the “wires in the walls” that connect each building together.
Not only does Llewelyn work on the CEU campus, he travels to the Emery, Carbon, Grand and San Juan Counties to do work on their computers as well. He is in charge of the “microwave system” that connects these school districts to CEU.
In 1998, he began volunteering as a fire fighter and EMT for Helper City. It was the concern for his family as they traveled and camped that led him to pursue this volunteer work. Learning the skills has made him an asset not only to his family but to the community as well. He has assisted in many accidents that he has come across and aided students on campus suffering from ailments as epileptic seizures. As an EMT Intermediate Advance, he is certified to administer the same medications or interventions as the emergency room personnel would, greatly increasing the chance of survival. As a volunteer fire fighter and EMT, he must undergo the same training requirements as a paid “Salt Lake City fire fighter or EMT” would.
Llewelyn recently designed a wireless internet system for the Helper City Police Department and Carbon County Sheriff’s Office. Each police vehicle contains a computer connected to the main frame. This pilot program makes their work much more efficient, recovering stolen vehicles and arresting people with warrants more quickly.
“Most of the cops know me really well now,” so it is not uncommon for him to get pulled over by one of the officers to help with a computer that is acting up. “I wouldn’t know what to do if they actually pulled me over for something else.”
Llewelyn does not just fix and wire computers and volunteer with the fire department. When he starts a project, he goes full force to the full extent. He serves as a training officer as well as an EMT and fire fighting instructor. With the assistance of Juanita McEvoy, he donates his time to administer the state-written EMT test at CEU free of charge to over 400 EMTs every four years. Not only is he one of only five-certified hazardous materials technicians in Carbon County, he also serves as a “Hazmat/weapons of mass destruction instructor.” He has even attended a terrorist bombing instructor school in New Mexico. He spends thousands of hours at training seminars each year to remain qualified. He uses 14 to 16 of his 22-vacation days attending training. “The college has been great to work with me.”
The father of three, resides in Helper with his “very patient” wife, Kimberlee. He organizes his time “very carefully.” When asked if he has any time for himself, he replies with a laugh, “I don’t.” Having met many good friends through his volunteer work, they have become a very “close-knit second family” that spends much of their time together.