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Ingrid in uniform

Lives of Significance

Ingrid Hazbon, C’21

Serving as a Family

“My day is much better when I have already been to a working fire before my first class of the day,” says Ingrid Hazbon, C’21, who loves serving the local community as a firefighter and emergency medical technician (EMT). One morning the emergency didn’t come early enough, and Hazbon, dressed for class in sweatpants and slippers, had to leave class and respond to the call from a bad accident with somewhat inappropriate footwear.

Hazbon is one of five Mount students who serves Vigilant Hose Company in Emmitsburg as EMTs and/or firefighters. Patrick O’Hanlon, C’21; Alexis Manning, C’20; John Bradley, C’20; Charlie Rustagian, C’22, and the other career and volunteer firefighters and EMTs at Vigilant are important people in Hazbon’s life. “It’s a family,” she explains. “I consider everyone from this fire department my brothers and sisters.”

Hazbon, who received her EMT training in high school in Bethesda, Maryland, went straight from her high school tour of the Mount to the fire station, where she was welcomed by the captain and asked to fill out an application. “The Mount wouldn’t be the same without the station,” she says. “Volunteering gives more meaning to my time at the Mount.”

As a future physician assistant who seeks a career in emergency medicine, Hazbon is also receiving valuable experience in working with patients on her EMT calls. EMT training required 165 hours of classes, which Hazbon followed up on with 317 hours of training courses such as firefighter 1 and 2, international trauma life support, ice rescue and hazmat operations. She is currently taking a 54-hour rope rescue technician class to be followed by a course on vehicle machinery extraction and others.

Hazbon expects to rock her Mount anatomy class next year because she has considerable practical experience and is interested in bone structure, tissue and organs. She is skilled at balancing her academic coursework, firefighting training and sometimes multiple emergency response calls a day.

Being able to go ride firetrucks and operate on emergency incidents before and after classes and homework makes my everyday life more exciting,” says Hazbon, who loves small-town life and misses Emmitsburg during school breaks.