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Kira Gridley, 23, of Fayetteville, has been volunteering as an EMT at the Fayetteville Fire Department since 2009. “I kind of fell in love with it,” she said.

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Saving lives, one day at a time

Kira Gridley volunteers 12 hours each week as a Fayetteville EMT

On a hot and muggy Monday afternoon in July, I’m sitting in the recreation room at the Fayetteville Fire Department with Kira Gridley, who, at 23 years old, is already a volunteer EMT-Basic, crew chief and driver. We’re discussing her schedule, which is split between her full-time job as an EMT at Rural Metro in the city of Syracuse and her Monday volunteer shift in Fayetteville, when alarm sounds and a dispatcher’s voice comes on. I can’t understand what he’s saying, but Gridley is already on her way out the door as she tells me it’s a Fayetteville fire call.

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