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Special Report: Mother-daughter duo to the rescue

Alex is currently an emergency medical technician, pursuing advanced training. Her daughter, Zoe, joined the squad as a volunteer member two years ago, when she was just 15. (Photo Credit: WLOS Staff).

This year, several local rescue teams have traveled to areas hit hard by hurricanes.

The Henderson County Rescue Squad has been spotlighted multiple times for deploying members across the country. In the squad's 60 years of serving the mountains, there's now a special duo preparing to answer your call.

Alex Bauza and Zoe Brown are the squad’s first mother-daughter duo among a group of about 90 members. Currently, half of that crew is made up of females.

Alex is currently an emergency medical technician, pursuing advanced training. “The rescue squad actually put me through EMT school and now I’m doing advanced EMT through them. It’s been really great. I love it,” Alex said.

Her daughter, Zoe, joined the squad as a volunteer member two years ago when she was just 15. Zoe aims to become a paramedic, and as a volunteer, she already answers calls just like mom.

"I like that she's wanting to help people, and I like that she's being part of the community in a positive way,” Alex said of her daughter Zoe.

Every day brings new challenges as the team responds to calls ranging from sick patients, to search and rescue efforts and traffic accidents.

Though high school is priority right now, Zoe spends her free time volunteering. Medical and search and rescue efforts are her favorite aspects of the job.

“I really like riding in the ambulance, and I really like searching when I can,” Zoe said.

Being a part of the team takes a lot of training - almost 200 hours to become an emergency medical technician. But even volunteers can jump in.

"Our volunteers are very active here. Every Monday night we're training. That's a four-hour commitment every Monday night, every week,” said Dan Hayes, a rescue technician and board of directors’ member for the Henderson County Rescue Squad.

When it comes to underwater efforts, Dan said Alex and Zoe are standouts. "She's a very good swimmer, and I see Zoe following right behind her. She's coming right along," he explained.

Alex said she has been scuba diving for at least 17 years because she used to live in Saint John – part of the US Virgin Islands.

Whether out in the woods, on the road, or in the water, this pair of life-savers is now leaving their mark on the mountains.

If you are interested in becoming part of the Henderson County Rescue Squad, click here for more information on getting involved.

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