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Westport Sunrise Rotary Club Honors Teen For Work, Dedication As An EMT

Staples senior Jamie Bairaktaris was recently named Westport Sunrise Rotary’s Student of the Month.
Staples senior Jamie Bairaktaris was recently named Westport Sunrise Rotary’s Student of the Month. Photo Credit: Hal Levy

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 ronaldholtz@gmail.com or visit Westport Sunrise Rotary at Bertuccci’s, 833 Post Road East, at 7:30 a.m. every Friday.

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