“I help people; » Local EMT spends every day saving lives in their community

For Women’s History Month, News Center 7 is spotlighting a Dayton Fire Department paramedic who spends every day saving lives in the community she grew up in.

“I love helping the people who helped me grow,” said Lauryn Beneke of the Dayton Fire Department.

Beneke grew up in Kettering and spent four years at Fairmont High School.

“They actually have a really, really great career technology center and I took the fire science career technology program,” Beneke said.

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By age 18, she was a certified paramedic and firefighter.

“In college, actually, I was playing in a softball game and I ended up breaking my ankle during the softball game and I went to the hospital in an ambulance. I got to like meet the paramedics and the paramedics that were there and like ever since, I’m very interested in public safety,” Beneke said.

Beneke now spends 24 hours a day with the Dayton Fire Department saving lives.

“I help people on their worst days when, when they’re upset, they cry and I’m able to calm them down and let them know they’re okay. That’s what I want in my heart, it just helps me get through the day and the shifts,” Beneke said.

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It’s something she learned from her mother and mother-in-law.

“Both really helped me understand who I am today and they made me realize that I was a strong woman and that I could do whatever I wanted,” Beneke said.

She wants young girls considering working in public safety to know that it doesn’t matter where they come from.

“If you’re going to do it, you should do it and it doesn’t matter where you’re from, you can do it 100 percent as long as you put your heart and mind into it,” Beneke said.

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