Advanced EMT students save classmate's life
Three months later, on June 5, Smith was able to thank the “dream team” that saved her life. One-by-one she presented each first responder, classmate and instructor with a pin symbolizing their heroism. The “save party” was held at Madison College to inform the public about PulsePoint and to urge citizens to become certified in CPR.
Inspired by her uncle and grandmother to pursue a career in health care, Smith volunteers with the Oxford, Montello and Westfield EMT services. She is also enrolled in the Dental Hygiene degree program at the college.
Smith developed compartment syndrome, a painful condition caused by pressure within the muscles which decreases blood flow, but she plans to be back on campus in the fall.
“I love what I do. I am full of admiration for these people. This experience inspires me to do better,” she said. She thanked the first responders for “being the light in my darkest moment.”