BATON ROUGE, LA (LOCAL33) (FOX44) – Lacey Spencer, East Baton Rouge EMS) Paramedic has been serving the Baton Rouge community for a decade.
You may recognize her from her role on the hit show First Responders Live on Fox 44, but her passion from helping others began long before the cameras started rolling.
“I applied to medical school. Came down did my little interview thing, but it just didn’t work out that year and it wound up being the biggest blessing of my life,” said Spencer.
She was working as a lab tech when she saw a paramedic in action for the first time.
“I talked to a supervisor and did a ride along and I was addicted from that day. The moment the siren flipped on I was like uh oh, and I’ve been loving my job ever since.”
Spencer has been with East Baton Rouge EMS for the last 10 years, a job she said has given her life new meaning.
“Honestly, being a paramedic you really understand that a moment is a moment, and it’s the most important moment of your life, like this moment right now, because it could be taken.”
She saw that fate play out 3 years ago on July 17, 2016.
“That Sunday morning, like I said it was quiet. We had just all finished eating breakfast. I was with the BR Police SWAT team because I’m a SWAT paramedic. Then we got the call of a suspicious person at the B-Quick. It was an officer down, and we had to go. As I was driving to the scene that is your worst fear. You work with these men and women everyday and it’s their family. They have the same desires as I do in wanting to serve their community, and go home at the end of the day. I didn’t think that I would be standing here today actually.”
She was awarded the Medal of Valor for her service that day.
“You learn a lot about yourself when you put yourself in that kind of situation for the betterment of someone else. If you see somebody drowning, you’re going to help them, and that’s all I was doing that day.”
Since the officer shootings the community continues to heal.
“It’s refreshing for people to come up, and I’m not in uniform, and say thank you for what you do. You don’t do it for the thanks, but it’s certainly nice when it happens.”
Spencer said thanks to the show First Responders Live the community is now getting to see first responders in a new light.
“They are seeing the hearts behind the badge, and that people lace up their boots to help the community in a positive way. It’s bridging that gap in Baton Rouge, and I think you see the bad some, but honestly it’s highlighting the good in our city because there is a lot of it.”
Spencer said she hopes to continue to be a positive light in our community.
“It’s not a job for the faint of heart, but it’s certainly the most rewarding job, I think at least and I’m honored to do it.”