A paramedic from Soldotna, Jessica Roper is in Homer this summer, working at the Fire Department as Emergency Medical Services (EMS).
Roper works 24.5 hours; from 8 a.m. until 8:15.a.m. the following morning, takes 48 hours off, and then does it all over again.
"Waking up at 3 a.m. for a call or responding to an elderly person's house for a lift assist three times a week isn't a burden," she shared. "It's why I'm here and it's why we're on duty 24 hours a day, seven days a week and 365 days a year. Every call I go on teaches me something new, something that can help me in the future and something that I will carry with me throughout my career."