BATON ROUGE, LA (BR-PROUD) – Liz Hill is the newest recipient of the Paramedic of the Year Award from Acadian Ambulance, and now she’s helping families put their lives back together after Hurricane Laura.

When a traumatic accident hits or when disaster strikes people often remember every detail.

What they saw, heard, how they felt and most importantly who was there to help. And for many, that person is Liz Hill.

Hill is an EMT for Acadian Ambulance. She knows firsthand what it’s like to be caught in a traumatic situation.

“I suffered a compression spine and fracture three of my vertebrae,” Hill said.

She had a bad skiing accident, ending her collegiate ski career.

“The first thing that I saw was a paramedic, and he had seen how bad I crashed. I vividly remember him saying hold my hand and don’t move,” Hill recalled.

That experience motivated her to become an EMT.

“That’s a burning memory in my brain. Coming back from that and then graduating and really just finding out what I wanted to do after college, but I found it. I love it and I want to do it as long as I can.”

Just two years into her Acadian career, she is already making a big impact, winning the 2019-2020 EMT of the Year Award.

“I feel with 100% confidence this is what I’m supposed to do in some shape or form for the rest of my life.”

Recently she’s been helping her community of Lake Charles after it was devastated by Hurricane Laura.

“You know us at Acadian, and all first responders, are the ones sending aid and giving aide, but also the ones receiving it at the same time. You know I’m sitting in my ambulance right now at central station, I’m going to flip the camera for a second, but literally across the street is a massive broken tree. And that’s what it looks like everywhere,” said Hill.

As the city works to recover, Hill and her team will be there with opens arms.

“I absolutely love it. Even in the midst of the absolute chaos that is Lake Charles right now it’s still exciting to get up and go to work every day.”