FDNY HS Alumni Update: Arallia Heggs
FDNY EMT Arallia Heggs is an FDNY High School for Fire and Life Safety Class of 2011 alumna.
"Life-changing" is the adjective that FDNY High School for Fire and Life Safety alumna Arallia Heggs used to describe her alma mater.
Heggs, who now serves as an FDNY EMT in Brooklyn, credited the school for providing her with the education, guidance and resources that she needed to become a young career woman.
"The FDNY High School will always be special to me, because the programs there motivated me to want to succeed in life," she explained. "As a student at that school, I learned about hard work, respect, safety and why it's so important to help others."
In addition, Heggs noted that the school's Job Readiness Class helped her to develop the life skills that she now uses to fulfill her duties as an EMT. FDNY Assistant Commissioner for Recruitment and Diversity Michele Maglione teaches the course, which is offered to students during their senior year.
FDNY Chief of EMS Abdo Nahmod, left, congratulated EMT Arallia Heggs for her career success during the Department's Women's History Month Celebration in March.
"The lessons we learned in Commissioner Maglione's class helped me mature as a person, because I became more professional," the 20-year-old said. "I'm very happy that I was able to learn those important skills before I graduated high school."
Last month, Heggs also served as a guest speaker during the Department's Women's History Month Celebration, where she shared her journey to becoming an FDNY EMT with those in attendance. The Class of 2011 alumna currently aspires to become a chief in the Department.
"When I was 14, if someone would have told me I would be working as an EMT in the FDNY, I would have thought that person was crazy," she said jokingly. "But I'm working in the FDNY and being an EMT is really a great job. It all started at the FDNY High School. Being a student at that school was really a life-changing experience for me."