After I passed the tryout, the training was mentally and physically draining. There was a lot of information to memorize and the physical training was exhausting.
After my rookie year I applied for a Lieutenant position, I got the position and began working as an LT. There was only one other female officer in the whole county and I was the youngest officer in the county.
When I was barely 18 I performed CPR for the first time on a drowning victim. I was a brand new LT and running a zone solo on a very busy day. Dispatch toned us out for a code-99 out of the lifeguarded area. I responded and we worked on the victim until the rescue arrived and the victim was transported.
A couple months later, that same year, I had my first panicked victim. I saw a woman getting sucked out by a strong rip current. The waves were really big and rough that day and the rips were pulling really strong. I ran into the water to rescue them, however, when I got to the woman she grabbed onto me and wouldn’t let go.