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Following Dreams

"Detective Crissy Bartley"

Taylor: What are your responsibilities and duties in the bomb squad?

Crissy: We are responsible for responding to suspicious packages. My current responsibility on the team is to be their medic. I also try to make sure they are comfortable, because this can be a very nerve racking job.

Crissy is x-raying my purse for anything suspicious.

Taylor: What special training do you need to be on the bomb squad?

Crissy: We have to go through a six week HDF school in Alabama. We do everything in the bomb school including learning about devices and about the equipment that we use. It helps us be updated on any new information.

Taylor: What is one of the scariest moments that you have been through while being on the bomb squad?

Crissy: As a medic, I am always worried about the team as they look at suspicious packages. If any of them are concerned about a package, then I am even more concerned. That can be pretty scary for me! They are in a very dangerous situation.

The final x-ray film is viewed on a laptop.

Taylor: Switching over to your childhood and around the age of 12, what did you want to be when you grew up?

Crissy: Honestly, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to be! I probably just wanted to be a super hero. I knew I wanted to help people with my career, but at that point I wasn’t sure. I just enjoyed being a kid.

Taylor: When did you decide you wanted to be with the bomb squad?

Crissy: I have been their medic for quite some time now, and they are all great guys and very considerate. They eventually asked me to try it.

Taylor: What school did you go to and what did you study?

Chrissy: I went to Virginia Commonwealth University and my degree was a combination of business and criminal injustice.

This bomb suit protects you from an unexpected blast.

Taylor: Who would you say were your mentors?

Crissy: My father was a police officer so he was a very good role model for me. He passed away when I was 18, but he was always there for me and was a very good mentor.

Taylor: Were you involved in any school programs or sports?

Crissy: I was in band. I played the flute, piccolo and the oboe. I also played softball.

Taylor:  What kinds of friends did you try to surround yourself with when you were growing up?

Crissy: Honest people, good people that didn’t get caught up in the wrong stuff. That was huge for me.

Taylor: If there are any girls out there that would like to work in the bomb squad field, what advice and what studies would you recommend for them?

Crissy: They should definitely look into the military, because that is a very good way to get started. Always remember to be a good person and to not fall into peer pressure.

Crissy shows me the control panel for the fan, lights, and  speaker volume.

Taylor: You are going to speak to girls everywhere through Is there any advice you would like to give to them?

Crissy: Believe that you can do anything that you want and never ever give up. Don’t let anybody say you can’t and don’t let anybody stand in your way of following your dream.


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