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Morris volunteers as an EMT to give back

posted Jan 30, 2018, 10:09 AM by Unknown user

As a way to help others and give back to the community, high schoolers who are are eligible can become a volunteer EMT. Senior Rianna Morris took advantage of this opportunity and went through the process of becoming an EMT.

“I’ve always been interested in the medical field and wanted to help the community, and there’s still a great need for volunteers,” Morris said.

Morris explained that the process of becoming an EMT includes passing a six-month long course and tests throughout the course. To become a certified EMT, you must pass the class and required testing with a 75 percent or higher. Aside from the test, the course also includes hand-on labs and practice test that require a 100 percent score.

“The hardest part was balancing school classes and being and EMT,” Morris said.

Morris passed all the requirements and was the top of her class during her time of testing. She recalled staying up late studying for her classes after her school activities she was involved in. However, she never lost sight of her goal to become a caregiver and help her community. Morris will be allowed to leave class when on call, after her parents, Principal Brent Harrell, and the city council approve and give her a letter. She said commitment is important for anyone who plans to take the course.

“Study and don’t take the course lightly” Morris said. “If you’re going to do it, do it full heartedly or don’t do it.”

EMT Rianna Morris practices on a mannequin to practice for her class and tests. Courtesy Photo.