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Harrison Teen Explores Emergency Response Up Close

HARRISON, N.Y. - Anthony Williams has more than just an after-school job.

The 17-year-old from Harrison works part time with local emergency response services through career exploring programs and helps save lives and protect his neighbors.

"I really like doing this," Williams said. "It's what I want to be doing and it's good practice."

But what Williams does while riding with the Harrison Emergency Medical Services is more than practice. It's the real thing.

On any given call, Williams hops into the back of an ambulance vehicle and helps emergency medical technicians as they work. His responsibilities are great and the experience is unbeatable, Williams said.

Williams works one eight-hour day a week with the Harrison EMS and also spends a day with the Mamaroneck Fire Department. He said he plans on attending an EMT course with Southern Westchester BOCES next year to continue his training in the field.

His work also gives him essential community service hours required by Harrison High School, Williams said.

Pete Sandor works as an EMT in Harrison and also in Orange County and said he learned a lot of the same lessons that Williams will learn through hands-on experience. Sandor started in 2001 as a volunteer and said he knows which learning methods are the most effective.

"We're instructors as much as we are emergency medical technicians," Sandor said. "The best way to learn is to ride with everyone and see everything. That way, they see how different people work and pick up different things."

After returning from a call, Sandor had Williams refill oxygen tanks and playfully teased him the whole way through.

"Everyone gets picked on," Sandor said. "I did and now it's his turn."

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