Editor’s note: On November 8 it was announced five members of the Amboy Fire Department received promotions. The Nov. 29 edition of The Amboy News featured the first promotion story. This is the second as we get to know each of the promoted individuals a little better. We thank them and all members of the AFD for their service and show gratitude of what they do for Amboy.
Amboy News Editor
AMBOY – Sometimes things happen, whether good or bad, and the way we view life or our future changes.
Such a thing happened to Angel Dunn.
Dunn, a 2004 Mendota High School graduate who lives in Tiskilwa with her two children Ethan (13) and Aubrey (11), had a moment in her teenage years which pushed her to helping people.
“It’s a good feeling to know at the end of the day that you are able to help those who can’t help themselves,” Dunn said.
“I had an incident that happened my senior year that pushed me toward wanting to get into some kind of medical field. I started as a dietician aid and fell in love with that type of area, helping geriatric patients.
“Then I did a CNA Program and was a CNA for almost 14 years. I’ve seen a lot of things. I’ve seen a lot of people come and go; good, bad, and in between. I got to a point where I wanted to help more than just in a facility.
“Then I found out Putnam County Emergency Medical Services does an EMT class every fall. I saw it on Facebook, called them, and got into the class six years ago. I’ve been doing EMS ever since. I got into fire when I was hired at Amboy Fire Department a little more than three years ago.
Dunn holds both jobs as she is a part-time EMT for PCEMS, which is based in McNabb, and a firefighter/EMT for the AFD.
As of November, she may still have people to answer to on the EMT side for the Amboy Protection District, but she is no longer just a firefighter, she is a Lieutenant.
“I’m one of the first people to respond to emergencies and fires,” Dunn said. “We even install smoke detectors in homes. We do more than just help people with medical emergencies and fires. This fire department gives so much to the community. It’s amazing.
“It’s all about people. I love people. I love meeting people. Everyone has a story. Everyone is different.”
For the Amboy Fire Department gig kind of falling in her lap, she is more than happy she committed.
Now the commitment has turned into a love, a passion, for the community, the department, the people, and her opportunity to be involved in health care and assisting those who need assistance.
“One of my co-workers I used to work with at a nursing home in Princeton got hired by the Amboy Fire Department and she always had good things to say about the department and the volunteers,” Dunn said. “She said they needed help and I said, ‘Alright, I’ll jump on board.
“I always want to learn. I want to expand the knowledge of fire and EMS being two completely different things. The one thing we have in common is we work together, and we make sure everyone gets home safe whether it’s us or the people we’re helping.”