Williams named 'Paramedic of the Quarter' by Kiwanis Club

A woman who says her mother is her inspiration to give is honored.

WDEL's Mellany Armstrong reports.

The Wilmington Kiwanis Club has named Lorraine Williams paramedic of the quarter. She's been a New Castle County paramedic for 13 and a half years. The first step on her path was as a member of the Five Points Fire Company in Wilmington.

"I joined the fire service as I got married because (my husband) was an officer," she said.

"I had no medical background. I actually did daycare for 15 years and raised my children, but while I was doing that I was volunteering here at the fire house," Williams said.

Williams trained on nights and weekends to be an EMT even as she cared for her family. She says her need to help others came from her mother.

"The greatest gift she ever gave me and my sisters were how to be givers and not takers. That follows through on my job every day because, that's what we do every day, is we give," she said.

Williams says some calls, like those dealing with children, are difficult.

Then there are the calls that make her keep going.

"I think it's the ones that just look up and say 'Thank you' when you're done, that you've done something worthwhile," she said.

"I think the best part is just, really, just being there for people. I absolutely love my job," she says.

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