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
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
"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.