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SPR-SUM 2016

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38 PIERCE / SPRING 2016 gets injured in fight," Bondurant says, "they do pretty extensive training with us – mostly to go into a glide and go through all the emergency procedures if we need to fnd an open space and prevent a crash landing or a re- ally hard landing." Bondurant's Roots B ondurant grew up in rural Vermont, in the Corinth area. Her father is a re- tired fnancial analyst and her mother teaches fourth grade. "Both parents were very interested in volunteering," she says. "That was instilled in me from an early age." While she was in grade school, a friend died in a fre. "I had a very difcult time as a child trying to process that. Where I grew up is a very resource-depleted area in terms of getting emergency services to your home. There are signifcant delays when you live in a rural area. I always knew I wanted to serve my community. Give back in some way." Bondurant wasted no time in her plans to serve her community. But frst, she had to convince her parents that, instead of following a traditional academic track, she should attend high school at nearby River Bend Career and Technical Center, where she could spend junior and senior years in a program incorporating frefghting, emergency medical training, and law enforcement. They agreed, but only when she arranged to arrive at school at 7:15 a.m. to take a chemistry course and to meet the other requirements of both the aca- demic and career-oriented tracks. As a senior, she began working as a third provider on an ambulance service out of Fairlee, Vt. "I was doing observational time," she says. "You could do some as- sessments, participate in some of the care, but you're not fully licensed." She was told she could not take her EMT frefghter level-one exam until she turned 18, but would not let that stop her from getting a jump on time. "I got permission to take both tests before turning 18, and they were scored on my birthday." College, too, was anything but traditional for Bon- durant. She enrolled at Castleton State College, and by that time was also supporting a daughter, Sierra, by working part-time in a bank and an insurance agency. She earned her nursing associate's degree by taking Castleton classes interactively at the closer Lyndon State. All the while, she was still volunteering with the ambulance service. Even with her nursing degree, she continued her vol- unteer work, but was able to exchange the part time jobs for a position in the student-health center at Dartmouth College. She married, gave birth to a second daughter, Acadia, and continued to advance toward her EMT certifcation. In 2011, she began working for DHART at its Manchester base. A year later, tuition assistance allowed her "to begin chipping away" at her degree in Franklin Pierce's R.N. to B.S. program, which, according to the University, is designed for registered nurses who need a fexible and convenient program as they juggle work commit- ments, family life, and personal time. "Almost all of us were working nurses," Bondurant says, "either here at Dartmouth-Hitchcock or with another institution, so navigating all those things -- working full-time, taking care of a family, being a student all at the same time – was pretty common." During her time working at the DHART base, Bon- durant requested repeatedly to take part in a ride-along This page: It is only after lift-of that the response team learns details of the emergency, so that information can't infuence the decision to fy. THEY DO PRETTY EXTENSIVE TRAINING WITH US – MOSTLY TO GO INTO A GLIDE AND GO THROUGH ALL THE EMERGENCY PROCEDURES IF WE NEED TO FIND AN OPEN SPACE AND PREVENT A CRASH LANDING OR A REALLY HARD LANDING. THIS PAGE: MICHAEL MATROS. FACING PAGE: COREY HENDRICKSON.

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