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“That was a big challenge, doing the pool,” she said.
Cook, who is headed to the University of Minnesota Duluth this fall, said she’s pursuing a career in the medical field. Her high school EMT training offered a dose of reality, she said: “Last year, we learned about IVs and I fainted.”
Kim Crane competed in the critical care competition two decades ago. It led to a medical career. Crane works at Hennepin County Medical Center. She watched her son, Park Center senior Alex Winkelman, compete.
“Even if you don’t go into the medical field, it gives you life experience,” Crane said. “It makes you willing to step up in any situation. It gives you the confidence to step up and do the right thing.”
Forest Lake’s Larsen, who envisions an EMT career, said her four-person team found out that effective emergency responses involve more than procedures. They learned, she said, something they can teach other EMT students.
“We can set examples of what friends and teamwork look like,” she said.
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