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Wisconsin Rapids children meet real life superstars through helicopter landing

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WISCONSIN RAPIDS (WAOW) - Children in Wisconsin Rapids met some people who to them are real life superstars. It's all part of the Boys and Girls Club Super Hero Summer Program.

On Monday, some medical professionals showed the children what it's like to often work in the sky.

"We respond to inter facility transfers and scene requests,” said Emily Stewart, a flight paramedic. “If a fire department calls for help or another ambulance service needs additional resources on scene we go and help them out."

The crew of Spirit through Ministry Health in Marshfield spoke to about 50 young children about their job in the sky.

"Trauma, heart attacks and strokes are the big ones that we see that we need to get people rapidly from one place to another," said Stewart.

Organizers say using the superhero theme gets young people excited to learn.

"We really wanted our kids to have an awesome experience this summer and try to attract a whole lot of kids from the area,” said Jill Kurszewski, the development director of the Boys and Girls Club. “So we wanted it to be fun and exciting and not just another day at school."

The program is something the Boys and Girls Club is proud of.

"The kids are our future, and I want to give them everything they deserve and everything they need to be great in the future and this is a really exciting opportunity," said Kurszewski.

Even though the children of the Boys and Girls club may consider these paramedics as real life heroes, they say they're just doing their job.

"I can see why people think that,” said Stewart. “But a lot of it has to do with the chain and the system that we're a part of where it's not just one individual. It's an entity that's performing the most drastic measures it's kind of the whole team."

But to these children, the spirit first responders are a team of heroes and role models who may inspire a dream job some day.

The Boys and Girls Club keeps the hero theme going Tuesday. It is Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Day at the center, featuring Karate America. The program runs for 10 weeks this summer.
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