On this Transformation Tuesday, the spotlight is on Paramedic Natalie Apollon. When you first met her, she was an EMT working in Brooklyn. Now, she has advanced her career to the next rank and is serving at Station 55 in the South Bronx.
“It’s an amazing feeling to grow within the Department. Working in a busy area like the South Bronx, I am lucky to be surrounded by extraordinary individuals who have mentored me, helped me grow in order to take on this challenging position, and have made me more knowledgeable of all aspects of this Department,” she explained. “I aspire to continue to move up the ranks here and hopefully inspire others to achieve the same thing I have and more.”
The South Richmond Hill native, who is of Haitian descent, has spent five years with our Department. She graduated from our most recent Medic Basic Class this past August.
“In my culture, it is always encouraged to work in the medical field as a doctor or nurse, but I am proud to create my own lane as a FDNY Paramedic,” she added. “To anyone interested in joining the FDNY, be passionate about what this job is about. It’s an amazing job with many opportunities to excel and to learn medical terminology. Every day you encounter different patients and have different experiences with each and every one of them. It’s very rewarding when you can help people in need.”
Interested in working as one of our Paramedics? Remember you have to work as an EMT here first. Learn more about joining our Department today here.