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Jefferson award winner honored in D.C.


Connie Wang has been volunteering with a north central fire department for more than three decades. For her dedication, she was honored at 80-years-old, with what she calls the "trip of a lifetime."

When Wang's pager goes off, she jumps at the chance to help.

"I don't hesitate, I'm out the door and gone," said Wang.

Wang has been volunteering as a Prentice EMT for more than 30 years. She says her work won't be done any time soon.

"As long as I got my health, and as long as I can keep doing this. You don't know the rewards of just people that you've helped coming and say, 'oh thank you Connie,'" Wang told Newsline 9.

The 80-year-old woman says after witnessing a hunting accident back in 1978, she was compelled to serve.

That was 34 years ago. Newsline 9 brought you her story last October of her overwhelming dedication. Wang even sleeps at the fire station, when manning the overnight shift. It's that dedication that gave her the opportunity to represent north central Wisconsin in our nation's capitol for the Jefferson Awards.

"It was just awesome. I've never experienced anything like this before and it was just elegant, it was just out of this world," said Wang.

Last month, Wang was joined by hundreds of other Jefferson Award finalists from around the country. While she wasn't one of the five winners, Wang says the trip was about much more than that.

"I've had different people say 'Connie, you've already won,' you know what I mean. Yes, it would have been nice, but just being chosen was a lifetime experience for me," said Wang.

While at the nation's capitol, she met Senator Ron Johnson, and even managed to throw a few jokes around.

"I said we have nine months of winter and three months of tough sledding and he just laughed. And then we had our pictures taken with him," said Wang.

Wang says she was overwhelmed by the response she had in D.C.

"The spokesman got up there at the end and said, 'imagine if everyone was like Constance, this would be a better world," said Wang.

This Jefferson Award winner says it's a trip she will always remember.

"I'm just a small town girl, this is like, pinch me," said Wang.

Connie Wang says her work and her big family are always keeping her busy, even at 80.

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