I had the honor of speaking with Lauren Metzger Bird from Central New Jersey and recently relocated to the greater Houston Area. Lauren shared stories of how she got into the fire service, motherhood, brotherhood, struggling with addiction and the loss of her firefighting father who died in a suspicious fire in his own home.
Her most recent source of pride is what she is achieving volunteering for Team Rubicon in the wake of our nations natural disasters.
Here are a few of her highlights:
-Firefighter/EMT/911 Dispatcher/Logistics Specialist (throughout my years of service)
-In the Emergency Services field since 1999
-Www.teamrubiconusa.org (Disaster Response non profit staffed by volunteer military veterans and first responders 100,000 strong responding world wide - new applicants always welcome - free training, free airfare for response and trainings beyond 450 miles of your home - camaraderie - ability to reinvent yourself and find purpose)
609-613-0026 for anyone wanting to reach out for sisterhood, confidence, drug or alcohol discussion or non professional advise & resources for firefighter education and mental health services or questions
-"Everything happens for a reason"
-"Every new beginning comes from some other beginnings end"
-"Tell me I can't and watch me do it twice"
-"You are never alone in your thoughts, in your feelings, in your emotions...Reach Out"
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