Sam graduated just this May (2023) with a Bachelor's in Emergency Management and Homeland Security. He recently shared this amazing update with us:
I am currently working as an EMT for an amazing town EMS agency in Connecticut, and volunteer at Trumbull Center Volunteer Fire Company as well as the Allingtown Volunteer Fire Association where I was asked to join to rebuild the volunteer membership programs, and have tripled their staffing numbers so far. I am currently waiting to hear back from a few fire department jobs and will let you know if I get any as that is my ultimate goal!
** I have been offered a position as a full-time firefighter/EMT with the Sikorsky Aircraft Fire Department in Stratford, CT. I also have made the rank of 1st Lieutenant of the Allingtown Volunteer Fire Association in West Haven, CT which offers a live-in program for University of New Haven Students in order to provide real-world experience and cut the cost significantly for students attending by providing room and board in the firehouse. **
I will never be able to express my thanks to Route 91 Nation. Because of your generosity I have been able to pursue a career in Emergency Services that otherwise would not have been available to me. I have been able to gather a world of experience through my volunteer experiences in Connecticut and have made a tremendous group of lifelong friends all because of you. Thank you so much!
Hannah finished her Master’s in Nursing degree in December of 2020 from UC Davis Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing and starting working as a registered nurse in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). This is what she recently share with us about her new career:
"Now, over two years into my career, I have watched babies grow from weighing under one pound to being discharged with minimal complications. I have helped families pick their children’s names, taught nursing students basic infant care, escorted parents to their infant’s life saving surgery, helped moms hold their baby for both the first and last times, showed nervous dads how to change their first diaper, and spent many holidays cuddling babies when families couldn’t be there. I feel so lucky every day to be a part of these special moments and help families in my community at such a vulnerable time.
The scholarship helped me achieve my dream of becoming a NICU nurse and getting a job at one of the top Medical Centers in a Level IV NICU. I am grateful every day for the opportunity and have made incredible friendships and connections. I cannot thank Route 91 Nation enough for supporting me on this journey. It is an honor to represent an organization that is near and dear to my heart as a Route 91 survivor."