This February on Valentine’s Day, while many across the nation were thinking of someone special, the Ross Medical Education Center Grand Rapids North, Michigan campus was as well. In fact, they decided that they would bake some cookies and decorate them for their own special friends, the firefighters at Plainfield Fire Department. Working together, the students, faculty, and staff baked cookies, decorated them, and then hand-delivered the cookies and some cards to their local firefighters in order to recognize their for their hard work, risking their lives to help their community each and every day.
The Ross campus representatives, made up of students, faculty members, and staff, all were thrilled to express their gratitude towards these local heroes, thanking them face to face for their service. They also wanted to make sure to let them know that Ross prides itself in being a part of their community and that they are willing to partner up with them on their next community service as volunteers.
Once at the station, the students were surprised by the opportunity to enjoy a tour given by very grateful firefighters. The fire station is part of the first response team for the local area. Amira Curic, the Campus Director at Ross in Grand Rapids North, has worked with the fire station in the past and was even more inspired to honor them for all their hard work. The firefighters shared with the Ross team that no one ever stops by to thank them for their service, so they were very surprised when the students and staff showed up to do just that.
While the Ross students, faculty, and staff were at the station, the firefighters got a call and had to leave, cutting their visit short. However, they made it very clear that the students are welcome to come back and visit another time. The firefighters also offered to give a free ride on the truck for students on their next visit.