EMT Stephanie Cruz has earned 15 medals as an endurance athlete and she noted how her training has helped her build stamina for her job as a Haz-Tac EMT.
“I train five days a week, the job is physically demanding, one minute you’re working a cardiac arrest, the next minute you’re carrying someone down five flights of stairs,” she said. “These races give me the stamina I need for those jobs that require me to be at my best.”
Stephanie also remembers how she was once inspired to start a petition in junior high school to have her school start a female soccer team. Now, in 2019, she is especially happy to help salute the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team on their back-to-back wins of the FIFA Women’s World Cup Championship.
“Training motivates me when I’m facing difficult assignments,” said Paramedic Bree Brown-Rosa, who is a Spartan athlete. As a member of our Haz-Tac Unit, which is one of our specialty units, she knows all about working hard on and off the job.
“If you can overcome the obstacles on the course, you can stay focused for what’s to come as a Paramedic,” she added. “That confidence and belief in myself is what helps me to be the Paramedic that I am today and help the sick and injured in dangerous and precarious situations.”
Bree has collected 40 medals in total including the Spartan Trifecta, which she earned after completing three races of increasing difficulty in one year.