ROXBURY, NJ – Quinnipiac University recently gave some Facebook praise to Brendan Dillon, a first lieutenant with Roxbury Fire and First Aid Co. 2 and one of a group of Quinnipiac students who recently formed the school’s first student-run emergency medical service.

Dillon, 21, lives in Mount Arlington and is headed for his senior year at Quinnipiac, where he is studying nursing. He’s been a Roxbury emergency medical technician (EMT) for two years.

“Around campus, you can find Brendan working as an RA on campus or as a lighting designer for the theater department,” said the university. “In his free time, he loves to be outdoors and going out on his boat. Thank you, Brendan, for continuing to practice as an EMT during the pandemic and helping your community fight COVID-19. We can’t wait to see you back at Quinnipiac this fall!”

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Helping Others and Helping Their Careers

Interviewed Monday, Dillon said he is one of about a dozen Quinnipiac students – all EMTs – who decided to form the college’s first emergency medical service.

“We’re actually a brand-new organization on campus,” said Pope John XXIII High School graduate. “It started in November or December of last year. We didn’t have any EMS on campus. It was all paid. So, a group of us got together and said, ‘Hey, we do a student run EMS for calls on campus.’”

With the university’s blessing, the students formed the service and it now handles calls at the school from Thursday night to Monday morning, leaving other hours to paid ambulance crews.

The new service not only saves the school money but is also beneficial to Dillon and his fellow EMTs, who need to acquire “clinical hours” performing emergency medical tasks.

A Busy Guy

As with most schools, Quinnipiac has been closed for several months due to COVID-19. Dillon said he’s looking forward to returning in the fall, but he’s keeping busy while home.

In addition to volunteering for Roxbury, Dillon works as an emergency room patient care technician at Newton Medical Center.

He said he really enjoys being a member of the Roxbury department. “It just feels like a family atmosphere,” he said. “I’m not a firefighter, but I am welcomed into the fire brotherhood, I guess. Everybody is supportive, and whenever there’s a call we are ready to jump into action.”

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