For as long as she can remember, Jamey O’Dowd wanted to be a first responder.
Initially, she had her heart set on becoming a police officer, and she got her undergraduate degree in criminal justice as her first step down the career path.
She was on her way until, well, life happened.
Jamey got pregnant with her son, Payton. As she looked at his tiny face, she knew stepping into the line of fire as a single parent wasn’t a risk she was willing to take. But that heart for service was still there. So Jamey did what she’s best at – she figured it out.
“I talked to the fire chief, an incredible woman named Amy (or Chief Ramon),” Jamey told us. “And she hired me on the spot to work at the front desk of the Cy-Fair fire department.”