The BHVRS is happy to introduce one of our newest Associate members, Kira Lu! Although a new Associate member, Kira is certainly not new to the BHVRS. Kira served as a cadet before moving up to Associate status. Kira Lu lives in Berkeley Heights, and she will be attending the University of Pennsylvania in the fall.
Kira first joined the BHVRS as a Cadet because she realized it was a great way to combine her passions for medicine and volunteering. Further, it served as a means for her to get close to other community members. During her time in the Cadet program, Kira fondly remembers learning the “basics” and how to best help the more-experienced regular members as they led the calls. Talking to patients was a big part of her learning experience as a Cadet and now as an Associate.
Being able to touch the lives of those in her local community is deeply rewarding for Kira. She has loved being able to help those in need of emergency medical care in Berkeley Heights so much that she was happy to continue as an Associate member after “graduating” from the Cadet program following her high school graduation from the Newark Academy.
In high school, Kira enjoyed running cross country, winter track, and track, and she also served as the editor of her school’s newspaper. She is super excited to get involved in the Student Medical Emergency Response team at the University of Pennsylvania in the fall, where she can continue to pursue her passion for emergency medicine.
The BHVRS is so happy to have Kira on the squad! Here is some more advice and information from Kira:
1. What would you say to someone who wants to join the BHVRS but is nervous?
The more-experienced members on the BHVRS are very open to training and are some of the best teachers and mentors there are, so your nerves will quickly settle. They will teach you everything you need to know and want to know.
2. Was it difficult to learn some of the life-savings skills required to ride on the ambulance?
The EMT class was certainly challenging but fulfilling. I took the course last summer and even though it was an intense six weeks, I learned a lot and felt much more knowledgeable about skills we use on calls.
3. How did being a Cadet on the BHVRS shape your future and your high school experience in general?
Being a Cadet on the BHVRS in high school cemented my interest in the healthcare field and empowered me to make a difference in my community. I am so grateful for the opportunity the BHVRS Cadet program gave me in that it enabled me to serve my community in a unique and impactful way.