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Crystal Macedo Firefighter/Paramedic

Crystal is a 29 years old born in Huntington Park, California and raised in Fontana, California. I moved to Wichita, Kansas in November of 1997 when I was 11 years old. I am a single mother to my son Julian, 11, and my daughter Lyla, 4. My family is originally from Mexico with my dad being born in Oaxaca, Oaxaca and being raised in Cuernavaca, Morelos and my mother being born

and raised in Apatzingan, Michoacan.

I am from the Alpha-Alpha chapter at Wichita State University and I was in the Epsilon Class in Spring 2005 which I joined in my second semester of college when my son was only about 5 months old.

My older sister, who is an honorary member of Kappa Delta Chi was in the original interest group at WSU but was unable to continue do to family and leaving school. Since my sister was in the interest group, I have been around the ladies of Kappa Delta Chi and grew up admiring them. I knew that when I went to college there was never going to be a possibility that I didn't join this amazing organization of beautiful and amazing woman.

I attended WSU from Fall 2004 till Spring 2007 without graduating to pursue a degree as a paramedic. I attended Cowley County Community College, where I graduated with my Paramedic and Associate's degree in January 2010. I then attended University of Phoenix from Spring 2010 to Spring 2012 where I received my Bachelor Of Science in Management.

Tell us a little about what you do & how you got your job:

I am a Firefighter/Paramedic for the Sedgwick County Fire Deparment. I also work as a BLS, ALS,and PALS instructor for the American Heart Association through Lifesaver Learning Inc. And I am also a volunteer Firefighter/ Paramedic for the City Of Halstead Fire/EMS Department. I have a Bachelors in Science of Management, although it is not directly part of my career I do believe that it will assist me in climbing the organizational latter at my current job.

In order to get the job I have now as a Firefighter/Paramedic I had to attend fire classes as well as volunteering in Halstead assisted me in getting the position. After being hired I had to go through a rigorous academy with the organization that included 12 weeks of high levels of physical and mental training. As of today I am the only Latina to have graduated from this academy.

Is this a job/career that you’ve dreamed about since a child or was this a career you never imagined having?

I would not say that this is the career I imagined for myself when I was a little girl because I had always seen myself becoming a nurse. While attending Wichita State I began to get tired of taking all of the prerequisite classes needed and with having had my son my first semester of college it was getting hard to stay focused. I wanted a career that would allow me to stay in the medical field yet allow me to enjoy the beautiful outdoors. After receiving my EMT I began to work for Sedgwick County EMS part time and when I graduated Paramedic school I became a full time employee. After 6 years of being on the EMS department I left EMS with Sedgwick County and decided to become a Firefighter.

Is it what you thought it was going to be? Why or why not?

Since becoming a Firefighter I can truly say that I love what I do and I can definitely see myself in this career field until I can no longer work. I am able to come to work happy. Happy to help my community, happy to work with a great group of men that treat me like family, and happy to learn something new everyday.

What is a typical conflict that you have encountered (if any) that KDChi has taught you to deal with or resolve?

Having been able to be a part of Kappa Delta Chi during school and even now has taught me much of what I needed in order to accomplish everything I have today. KDChi has taught me the importance of knowing how to learn and study as well as making sure I have my priorities straight no matter what they are. I have learned through these girls, important skills on how to interview successfully. Dress attire and communication were taught to me from day one when joining Kappa Delta Chi.

What are you responsible for on a day to day basis?

Every day I come in to work I am responsible for making sure the truck that I am in charge of is fully equipped and functional for when a call comes in. I am responsible for maintaining good physical fitness and continue with training so that I may assist the citizens of my community in the best possible way. I am responsible for keeping documentation of the calls I have ran as well as maintaining the Firehouse clean tidy. I have been extremely lucky to work with the group of guys I do because we all work as a team and no one is ever looked at being less then anyone else.

What advice do you have for sisters looking to go into this field?

My advise to a KDChi sister wanting to pursue a career as a firefighter would be to do exactly what you want and to not let anyone ever make you feel as if you are not strong enough or capable of doing the job. Let the negativity around you be the motivation you need to prove that you can do it.

What is the best piece of advice every received?

The best advise I ever got was from a Paramedic I had the privilege of working for years ago. He always told me two things; "the day you stop learning is the day you should no longer be a Paramedic" and "when you feel like your body can not take any more, push it and keep fighting". With these two sayings he made me understand the importance of always having to learn new and better techniques no matter from who or how you learn them. Even the new guy, or gal, in whatever field you are working in can help you see what you have never been able to see on your own. Make every moment a teaching moment, because even a negative event can be learned from. Also, when you feel like your body can no longer take the strain of the activity it is what you are able to make your mind believe that will help you fight till the end.

What would you consider your biggest failure? What did you learn from this?

My biggest failure career wise would definitely have to be allowing life circumstances get in the way of my career. In 2014 I went through a divorce that was mentally and physically straining me. In order to support my kids I began to work a lot of overtime which was physically draining me. At the time, I was working for Sedgwick County EMS as a Paramedic and caring for patients during 18 hour work days with only about 4 hours of sleep was not healthy and could have been unsafe, for not only myself, but for my partners and the community I was caring for. I was not spending time with kids like I wanted to and I could see the disappointment in them as well. I began to show up late to work because I would sleep through alarms. In the end I had to make the decision to either quit my job or risk the possibility of tarnishing my reputation and getting fired. I could have fought for my job but instead I quit. I learned that even when things get hard you have to fight to the end and do everything possible to fix the problem. I loved my job and the organization I was working for but life's struggles were making it difficult. Through this experience though, I was able to start fighting for the career I now have and all the time I am able to spend with my kids with an increase of income as well. I now have a career that I love even more then one before and I truly do not see myself doing anything else.

Where do you see yourself in 5?

In 5 years I see myself still working for the organization I am working for but as a Lieutenant and helping my organization with Public Relations and assisting in teaching my fellow firefighters emergency medical services that will help in care of the patients that we see

on a daily basis as first responders. I am also now working on my Master's in Emergency Management and hope to be done in a year or two. I do not necesarily see this degree in helping with a new job

opportunity in 5 years, but I do hope that in the long run it will assist me in my longer goal of becoming a Chief or an EMS Director for a fire based EMS service in a

bigger city someday.

What do you do for fun?

For fun I love spending time with kids. I enjoy taking them to the park or even to the fire station. The excitement in their eyes when they get to get on the fire trucks and the ambulaces where I volunteer makes me love my job even more.

I also enjoy dancing. I love dancing bachata, cumbias, salsa, merengue, reggaeton.

TAMIU Recognizes Kappa Delta Chi in League of Empowered Women Series

By JR Cardenas, KPNX 12 News, Tempe, AZ

TEMPE, Ariz. - For Vanessa Ramirez, health care is something she's been concerned with for a very long time.

"I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer at the age of 23, I was a college student at ASU." Vanessa said. "With no history of any cancer in my family, I had to deal with this in my younger years."

Recently, Vanessa's husband was let go from his job which also gave them health insurance. For Vanessa, not having coverage is not an option based on her history.

"My biggest issue is the pre-existing conditions I've gone through, I had to buy insurance and ended up getting a short-term insurance with a high deductible, it expires in six months," Vanessa said. "I went to the Affordable Care Act and because everything kept pointing me in that direction."

With changes coming to the Affordable Care Act, Vanessa and her family are beginning to feel the pressure about where they will need to go once they go into effect.

"I get very little sleep when I have to go in for my women's exam, because in the back of my mind I always think...what if my cancer comes back...it's my story but there are many similar stories out there."

To see the interview please click here

Vanessa Ramirez is a graduate of the Lambda chapter at Arizona State University.

TAMIU League of Empowered Women Facebook Page

Continuing with our series of Empowering Females at TAMIU, we feel honored of recognizing Kappa

Delta Chi at Texas A&M International University (TAMIU) for being a sorority that empowers others on a daily basis.

These individuals are constantly looking for the well-being of others and are always looking for an

opportunity to serve those in need. They have empowered women by promoting service events such as: breast cancer awareness and hygiene drives.

Especially, we would like to recognize Grecia Guerra for being an excellent President that guides her sisters to succeed.

She highly believes that women are empowered by having opportunities that will help them in their professional success. One of the things that

she mentioned is: ¨in KDChi you can learn how to prepare a budget, plan community events, talk to professionals around the community and that's how you can empower

others, by giving them the chance to explore and grow in the areas they want to reach.¨ We couldn't be more proud of this organization, for they

represent the values of what TAMIU stands for. From the League of Empowered Women, we thank you for empowering others.

"in KDChi you can learn how to prepare a budget, plan community events, talk to professionals around the community and that's how you can empower others..."