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Marissa Hays

Marissa Hays is a firefighter/paramedic in Alabama. In 2022, Hays received an Award of Valor for participating in a live rescue during a working residential fire. Hays studied EMS at Gadsden State Community College in Alabama, and has been accepted to the University of Alabama at Birmingham for the fall 2024 semester with a major in neurobiology. Her goal is to attend medical school to become an emergency room physician and EMS medical director.

Amid repeated setbacks and naysayers attitudes, I pushed forward to achieve my fire department dream