Seven new lieutenants were promoted earlier this year. We introduce them to you all week long on the MFD blog.
What is your new station and shift assignment?
Station #10 (Troy Drive) on the "B" shift.
What was your previous assignment?
I was a paramedic at Station #10 on the "A" shift.
How many years have you served with the MFD?
I joined the MFD in 2003.
How has your perspective changed now that you're a lieutenant?
Now that I'm a lieutenant, I have a heightened awareness about my crew's safety. Whether it's on a call or day-to-day routine things, I am more cognizant of everyone's wellbeing. I have more responsibilities, and I want everyone to excel in their individual roles. I'm also excited to be taking on more of a leadership role within the MFD.
What's the most interesting call you've been on?
One unique thing about this career is that you go on some amazing calls— some that stick with you for the rest of your life.
It was a Sunday, and it was Mother's Day. We got a call for a woman who had no pulse and was not breathing. The incident happened during a church service, and the 911 Communications Center notified us that the scene sounded very chaotic.
When we got there, Blooming Grove EMS was on location. The church was full of people, many of whom were screaming, crying, praying, singing, and chanting. The woman was lying in the pew and initially her husband thought she had a seizure. We gave her two shocks with the defibrillator and then quickly moved to get her inside the ambulance.
By the time we got her to the hospital, she was alert and talking. She was wondering what happened and where her young children were. It was a great call, especially on Mother's Day!
What do you do when you're not working at MFD?
I have two small children that keep me very busy. We like to travel, go camping, and play various sports. I am also a fire instructor at Madison College.