It was by pure chance that a group of sixth-grade students at Holley Navarre Middle School were given an opportunity to see a Lifeguard helicopter up close and learn more about the exciting career opportunities involved with it.
It landed on the field near the school for an emergency but ended up not transporting anyone out.
HNMS science teacher Kathryn Moore jumped on the opportunity to meet with the crew.
“One of the teachers came in and said Lifeguard just landed at our field and I was like really? I grabbed one of the students interested in a career in that and we took a run across the field,” Moore said. “I talked with them for a few minutes and I asked if they could come back and talk to our kids. They said they could.”
Moore said she had a Lifeguard helicopter come about eight years ago to the school but budget cuts prevented future visits.
“I hadn’t thought about them coming again until they landed,” Moore said. “I had to seize the opportunity. All they could say was no.”
Lifeguard returned May 5 and spent 50 minutes talking with the students about the education needed for the job and the job description. Students also had an opportunity to ask questions and go into the helicopter. Nurse Billy Kimbrell was the main speaker for the presentation.
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