Member Spotlight: Fire Fighter Paramedic Ashley E.
How long have you been an Anne Arundel County Professional Fire Fighter?
I have been with the Department for 13 years now, hired in 2004 as part of Class 41. I have been assigned to Station 10, Jacobsville for almost 10 years now.
What’s your best experience thus far?
I have had many. I have been involved in a lot of great groups and projects. I've participated in the Best Buddies Firefighter for a Day, Shop with a Cop/Fireman Program, participated in and coordinated several MDA Summer Camp Graduate Dinners and most recently I helped to coordinate the Fired Up for Childhood Cancer Awareness Campaign.
If I had to narrow it down to one, I would say being invited to and attending the Children's Cancer Foundation Gala was an awesome experience. Going to this event and learning more about the Foundation we supported and their impact on research and treatment for Pediatric Cancer Patients was amazing. We met a lot of great people and heard an amazing story about a special little girl's amazing cancer recovery. We also met and sat with a young lady who suffered from pediatric cancer, has made a recovery and is now on her own path of becoming an EMT. We chatted about her EMT classes and we talked about our profession. All around it was amazing to see that what we are doing here locally in our community is having a large impact on so many.
What was your childhood dream job?
I desperately wanted to be a famous singer and dancer. Sadly, I'm exceptionally bad at both of those things. So I settled on being a Firefighter. But when I really grow up I want to be a Labor and Delivery Nurse or perhaps even a Midwife.
What's your favorite moment of your career so far?
My most favorite & most memorable was this one particular medical call that I ran earlier this year back around March. While transporting, the patient expressed her gratitude for our job and what we as Firefighters do. She expressed her extreme thankfulness as several years ago we had saved her son who was critically injured in a car accident. Through some additional chatting I realized that this call that she was referencing was a call that I had run back in February 2009. A very memorable and challenging call that I had not ever forgotten. Both of us could not believe that our paths had crossed many years later (8 to be exact). She told me all about her son's recovery and how he was doing currently. It was a shock since I had assumed he had not survived his injuries and I had never known what his outcome was. Days after the call she brought her son to the Fire station and we got to meet and exchange hugs, gifts, stories and details. It was an extreme pleasure to see the direct impact I had made on a family and a patient that I had helped to save. It's not often we receive follow-ups and thank you's so it was a very memorable and touching experience for me.
What was your first job?
My very first job was at Auntie Anne's Pretzels. I was 15 back then. And yes, I can still roll pretzels.
Guilty Pleasure: What can you not live without?
Naps... Naps are life! Anyone who knows me well can tell you how true this is.
If Hollywood made a movie of your life; who would you like to see play the lead role as you?Kristen Wiig for sure.