Summer Spotlight: Kyle Hrabovsky

Kyle Hrabovsky is working as an emergency medical technician this summer.
Kyle Hrabovsky is working as an emergency medical technician this summer.
July 6, 2018

Kyle Hrabovsky has found that some of the same qualities that are important on the pool deck translate well to his summer job.

The rising junior has spent more than 150 hours as a volunteer emergency medical technician with Robinson EMS near his hometown of Sewickley, Pa., outside of Pittsburgh.

“You can’t be lazy or not paying attention,” said Hrabovsky, who has helped GW win back-to-back A-10 men’s swimming and diving titles. “You have to be very assertive and realize that even if you’re not running a specific call or you’re assisting a paramedic, you have to be ready to potentially help save someone’s life. You have to be disciplined and know what you’re trained to do.”

Hrabovsky is an Exercise Science major with plans to become a physician’s assistant. To eventually get into graduate school, he needs hands-on time working with patients in the field, which made this opportunity a perfect match.

As a freshman, Hrabovsky took the EMT-Basic training course through GW’s Emergency Medical Services program, which allowed him to take the national registry exam.

This summer, he was ready to turn that training into real-world experience. So far, he’s been pleased with that decision.

“It’s different than anything I’ve ever done for work,” Hrabovsky said. “It’s not like lifeguarding or being an intern at someone’s business. Every day is totally different.”

Indeed, it’s an unpredictable line of work. Some days, he’ll sit waiting for hours without an emergency call. Other times, he’ll stay busy with one ambulance trip after another, responding to a wide variety of calls from car accidents to medical episodes to household incidents to sports injuries.

On some runs, Hrabovsky is in more of a shadowing role, assisting as the third person on the crew, but he’s also had chances to tag team with a paramedic as lead EMT on a two-person unit.

With each passing week, Hrabovsky has garnered more responsibility. He’s earned it. He hopes to have logged about 250 volunteer hours by the time he heads back to campus at the end of the summer.

“It’s cool to be able to help someone out and feel like they really need you,” Hrabovsky said. “Sometimes there’s a lot of care needed, and sometimes it’s simple, but in all those different situations, you feel like you’re able to positively impact someone. It’s a really great feeling.”



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