High School Shooting Survivor

Faith Audas, EMT-B


I am 19 years old, and when I was 15, a high school sophomore, a boy that I knew opened fire in the lobby of my high school. This occurred on Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at Marshall County High School in Benton, KY. I was in the lobby where the shooting occurred. Thankfully I was not injured and was able to escape. I will not go into the details of what happened that day and what I experienced, but it still haunts me.

I began working as an EMT only 2 months ago at the ambulance service that responded to the shooting and treated the victims. I went to college for a year and struggled severely. I ended up getting my EMT certification, and dropped the rest of the classes I had last spring. I love my job, but it can be very difficult at times, especially when you're running on barely any sleep due to having nightmares. It's been rough, but I love my job. It isn't always easy, the pay isn't great, and no sleep while working long hours is exhausting. But to be able to give back to my community, and being able to help those in it makes everything worth it.

I would also like to say one last thing: talk. If you're struggling, talk to somebody. I struggled with this for a very long time. But, I am slowly getting better at being honest and open about my feelings. I have found that most of the people I work with have their own struggles, and some of them are similar to mine. They care, and they want to provide support and see you succeed in your career, and in life as a whole. You are going to have bad days, and bad calls. Don't bottle it up. Talk about it. People care.

Faith Audas, EMT-B


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