Crystal Elliott Is This Week's Hometown Hero

It takes a special type of person to run into a burning building, and for one Tri-State firefighter, she's found her passion helping her community.

Posted: Aug 17, 2021 11:48 AM

It takes a special type of person to run into a burning building, and for one Tri-State firefighter, she's found her passion helping her community.

"Usually no one calls 9-1-1 for fun, so if you can help somebody on their worst day, I feel like that's really rewarding," says Crystal Elliott, McCutchanville Fire Department Captain.

A firefighter and EMT, Elliott works days on end serving her community.

But for this first responder, her journey began five years ago when she was inspired by the impact her husband had on others everyday as a firefighter.

"It kind of made me feel like 'hey I can maybe do that too," says Elliott.

Elliott started volunteering, then moved to a full-time position two years ago.

"No two days are the same, but we make medical runs, fire runs, rescue runs, and we even from time to time have animal rescue," says Elliott. "So, it's across the board, we do all kinds of things."

She works 24-hour shifts, but some calls stand out in her mind, including a recent accident a few weeks ago.

"The outcome didn't seem like it was going to be very good," says Elliott. "However, we've been following this young man's journey, and yesterday his mom posted a video of him actually walking. So, just things like that makes it all worth it."

Elliott says it's not always easy, but she's proud to serve the McCutchanville community, especially in their time of need.

"People that are in the first responder community, whether it be law enforcement, fire, medical, you have to love what you do," says Elliott. "I think it takes a lot of heart to do these kinds of jobs and you just have to do it because you like helping others."

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