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the ditch

Brenda Voshalike graduated in 1973 from Cannon Falls High School, regarded as a better-than-average student throughout her academic schooling. She believed she had her future planned. Applying and being accepted to St. Olaf College in Northfield, Brenda graduated in 1977 with a biology degree. She intended to enter medical school and become a doctor.

While at home in Cannon Falls, she saw a notice that the local ambulance service would be offering an EMT class in 1978. 

“I honestly thought taking the class and becoming an EMT would be great background for medical school,” she said. “I had the time because I had a job at the time to try and pay off some of my student debt from college.”

Brenda took the class and soon could go on a few runs in the ambulance. Her life completely changed. “Going on just those few calls, I really liked the contact with people. Being in those situations seemed right and I wanted more.”

She never felt bad about bypassing medical school. Even though some may have questioned the issue of losing out on significant earning potential, Brenda didn’t waver.

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