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Deanna Glaze - Medic strives to make a difference

April 21, 2006|by ERIN CUNNINGHAM

MAUGANSVILLE - A few days after saving a woman who had gone into cardiac arrest, Deanna Glaze delivered a baby.

It's days like these, she said, that keep her motivated to do even more.

Glaze, 22, balances working as a paid medic for Community Rescue Service with volunteering as a medic and firefighter in Maugansville, working part time as a medic at two stations, tutoring, teaching about fire safety and working as a part-time dispatcher for Washington County Emergency Services.

"It's a lot, but I like helping other people," she said. "I get to affect the world around me ... my community."

Glaze was 16 years old when she began volunteering at Maugansville Goodwill Volunteer Fire Co.

"The first time you go out the door with lights and sirens," she said. "There's nothing like it."

Glaze was volunteering, but selling insurance was her full-time job. Then, at 18, she was at her desk and saw an ambulance drive by, sirens blaring.

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"I was sitting there, but I had to know what was going on with the ambulance," she said. "I knew that was my passion. That was my desire."

For three years, until she was 20, Glaze actually lived at the Maugansville station where she volunteered.

"I just couldn't get enough of it," she said.

At 21, she received her medic certification and hopes to be a certified paramedic by 2007. Eventually, Glaze wants to branch into nursing, although she said she wonders if she will miss riding in the ambulance.

"I think everyone's purpose in life is to channel their resources to affect other people around you," Glaze said. "I don't think I could go to work every day knowing I'm not affecting people."

She is 10th on a waiting list for possible employment as a firefighter in Hagerstown. Glaze said she was the first woman to pass the city's firefighting agility test - a requirement for employment.

"I barely passed it," she said. "But still, it was one of the best moments for me this year."

If Glaze is not working as a dispatcher at the county's 911 center or at one of her paid jobs, she said, she typically is at the Maugansville station.

But in January, she took a few weeks off and plans to do so again in July to travel to Nicaragua, where she does mission work.

"I love doing the medical missions there," Glaze said. "I've taken my career and used my training to do the medical missions."

She took her first trip there in 2001, and now sponsors two young girls. Glaze sends money each month so the girls can go to school, eat and get medical attention.

"I'll be sponsoring them through college," she said. "It's just whatever they need."

Glaze, who said she enjoys being around children, also teaches fire safety at Children's Village.

"It's nice to get out of the ambulance every now and then and go into a classroom," she said.

Glaze said each of her jobs and volunteer roles is a branch of the other, and each is important to her. Through each of her roles, she said, it is important to her to always try to help others.

"It's a choice you make when you wake up," Glaze said. "You can go and make a difference that day for someone."




Q&A

Address - Hagerstown

Date of birth - June 18, 1983

Occupation - Medic, dispatcher

Most notable achievement - Being certified as a medic more than one year ago.

Your proudest moment - Any- time I know I made a difference in someone's life. Anytime I know for sure I have touched someone's life.

Who is the person you most admire and why? - My mother. She has shown an example of sacrifice and selflessness and making a difference in someone's life.

What is the best piece of advice you ever received? Who gave it to you? - If everyone would treat people the way they want to be treated, everything would be fixed. I learned this from church, family and the Bible.

What is the next goal you would like to achieve? - Receiving certification as a paramedic by 2007.

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