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Saint Joseph's University Magazine, Spring 2019

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Lindsey Oremus ’19: Athlete, Firefighter, EMT, Leader

Lindsey Oremus runs cross country. In an inset photo, she is dressed in an EMT uniform, leaning against an ambulance.

When she’s not running cross country as the senior captain of the Hawk women’s team, Lindsey Oremus ’19 is running to help people. Following in her mother’s footsteps, Oremus became a volunteer firefighter in her hometown, Wyoming, Pennsylvania, at just 15 years old. She made the switch to volunteering as an EMT before her senior year — of high school — and secured a job with a medical staffing company her sophomore year at SJU.

“Seeing my mom fill a powerful leadership role when I was at a young, vulnerable age — those middle and high school years — was really valuable to me,” says Oremus. “I knew that I wanted to be just like her."

Oremus, an interdisciplinary health services major, has developed her athletic skills in her four years as a student-athlete. She led the Hawks 22 times in 29 opportunities on the trails, which included seven of 12 championship-caliber races. She is the program’s record-holder in the outdoor 4 x 1500-meter relay.

More important for Oremus, though, has been her team leadership.

“Lindsey was very different from most underclassmen from the second she showed up for her first day of preseason cross country practice in August 2015,” says Lauren Hehir ’16, Oremus’ captain in her rookie season. "She had the type of energy people gravitate toward. Being a leader is more than just a formal title or position: It is a skill and, in Lindsey’s case, part of someone's identity.”