This summer, many young people across the country are participating in seasonal internships, hoping to get some valuable experience to help them in their future careers—-but few got the kind of real-world exposure Kaylee Mosley received.
Mosley, an 18-year-old from Memphis, Tennessee, recently graduated Briarcrest Christian School and will attend college in the fall, but right now she’s interning with the Memphis Fire Department as part of the Memphis Ambassador’s Program.
As part of her internship, she received CPR training. Soon after completing the course, she was suddenly thrown into the fire when she needed it to save a life.
In June, Mosley was driving home when she came across a crash on Highway 385. A man had driven into a wall, and when the teen found him, he wasn’t breathing.
Mosley and another woman pulled over, and the intern got to work saving the man’s life.
“I had to take deep breaths, remember my training, remember what I was taught and remember what I needed to do and just do it,” Mosley told WREG.
Suddenly, the student was the teacher.
“I taught her how to do the compressions, taught her how to count them out and how many to do before I do the breath,” she said.
Mosley kept her cool, remembered her training, and in the end, saved the man’s life. It goes to show how valuable emergency training lessons can be in the real world—-and how some people are just in the right place at the right time.
“In the moment it was really nerve wracking but, looking back on it, I’m very happy and excited and I’m just happy that I was able to do anything to help,” Mosley said.
Her instructors were thrilled to hear their intern’s training paid off in such a crucial way.
“It was special for me to hear that that young lady stepped up to the plate like that and saved somebody’s life,” MFD Lieutenant Thurman Garrett, Mosley’s CPR instructor, said.
It’s the kind of on-the-job training every intern hopes for, while coming face-to-face with the reality of the career.
“I kind of got a glimpse into what I might have to be doing,” Mosley said. “So, I know that I will actually be able to do it.”
“I’m very excited.”