KVFD Volunteer Spotlight: Sandra Araujo

We’re turning the spotlight on Sandra Araujo, a dedicated life member with over 20 years at the Kensington Volunteer Fire Department (KVFD)! Sandra’s commitment to serving the community is evident in her role as our Monday night ambulance driver. 

Beyond her volunteer work, by day she’s an award-winning nurse at Suburban Hospital, earning accolades like Nurse of the Year and Surgical Technologist of the Year. Sandra’s commitment to service extends globally, with 13 medical mission trips to four countries under her belt. Keep reading to discover how Sandra’s time at KVFD ignited her career and fueled her passion for serving others.

Why did you decide to join KVFD?

During my senior year of high school, I was looking for opportunities that aligned with my passion for the medical field. After finishing the Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) program at Thomas Edison High School I only needed 3 classes to graduate. It was KVFD’s EMT cadet program that truly sparked my interest. 

As I balanced my high school classes with academy training, I immersed myself in every aspect of the program. What made it truly rewarding was the opportunity to meet great people and apply these newfound skills to serve the community at such a young age.

Throughout your time at KVFD, what titles, roles, and responsibilities have you held?

As a seasoned member, I’ve attained the position of FF2 and am trained to cover three essential positions on the apparatus. Whether responding to emergencies on the front lines, driving the ambulance, or imparting my knowledge to recruits, I’ve always strived to fulfill my duties effectively. I’ve actively contributed to the Quartermaster committee, ensuring gear and uniform efficiency and safety. 

When you’re not volunteering, how do you typically spend your time?

When I’m not volunteering, I love spending time with my family and friends. You can also find me hitting the gym, listening to music, or reading a good book. And of course, I’m always up for trying out new restaurants and exploring different cuisines.

What aspects of volunteering at KVFD do you find most fulfilling or rewarding?

I love helping and giving back to the community. I have worked hard to be where I am in life, and volunteering at KVFD is a way for me to express my gratitude and contribute positively. It’s rewarding to know that my efforts are directly contributing to the safety and well-being of our community members. 

In what ways has your involvement with KVFD positively impacted your career or personal life?

My involvement with KVFD has been immensely beneficial. I’ve had the opportunity to meet wonderful people and learn extensively about our community. Additionally, my experience with KVFD has undoubtedly influenced my career as a nurse/surgical technologist in the operating room for over 15 years.

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