In 1999 took an EMT class while attending Canisius College as a communication studies and psychology major. I worked part-time on an ambulance in Buffalo and volunteered with a rescue squad my senior year of college. I was hooked after my first shift, and knew that I wanted to go on to become a paramedic after graduation.
In search of adventure and better job market for paramedics, I moved to the Washington DC area in 2001 to attended the paramedic certificate program at George Washington University. My first year I worked at a service that transferred patients between hospitals and volunteered with a fire department.
In 2003 I moved to Wilmington and spent 10 years working with New Castle County EMS. During that time I was involved in a number of projects, including designing continuing education workshops, writing articles published in EMS trade magazines, teaching community CPR classes, and participation in the honor guard. I also received several departmental citations and awards, including Paramedic of the Year in 2010 and Co-paramedic of the year in 2011 by the Kiwanis Club of Wilmington.