WESTPORT, Conn. -- Staples High School senior Jamie Bairaktaris was recently named Westport Sunrise Rotary’s Student of the Month. As a child in Redding he knew he wanted to be a Volunteer Emergency Medical Service technician “because the idea of running through red lights sounded pretty awesome,” he said.
As a freshman and newly arrived at Staples, Bairaktaris saw a flyer for Westport’s VEMS, pulled the email rip off tab and a week later was taking the first of the many courses EMTs must take to become certified.
Jamie is now the youngest Advanced-EMT in the state of Connecticut.
He told the Rotary Club that “helping people is what I live for.” Much of this helping, as a crew member on an ambulance rushing people to the hospital, shows him things people far older than he never see. It also led him to a career choice. Jamie is applying to nursing schools.
Rotary International is committed to Service Above Self. If you’re interested in giving back to your community, getting your Fridays off to a jump start and hearing interesting speakers, e-mail Ron Holtz at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit Westport Sunrise Rotary at Bertuccci’s, 833 Post Road East, at 7:30 a.m. every Friday.
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