Marble Falls AEL Flight Paramedic Featured in Fox's #See Her Campaign
Alyssa “Benny” Benford featured in 30-second spot on International Women’s Day.
(O’FALLON, Mo.) Alyssa “Benny” Benford, a flight paramedic with Air Evac Lifeteam in Marble Falls, is proud to be featured as part of Fox’s #SeeHer campaign. In support of International Women’s Day, FOX and SeeHer will introduce “She’s a Hero” – an initiative that will honor and celebrate female first responders. FOX will highlight the amazing achievements of real-life female first responders with a thematic, custom- produced, spot that will air on March 8 in a FOX Fast Break during an original episode of the hit drama 9-1-1. Starring Angela Bassett, who also serves as an executive producer of the network’s popular 9-1-1 franchise, FOX’s #1 scripted series draws from real life, high pressure experiences of first responders. Additionally, FOX will distribute the custom-produced content across the social platforms of the 9-1-1 series on March 8.
Benford, a combat veteran of the U.S. Army, has been a paramedic for eight years. Having served her country, she now serves the residents of Marble Falls and the surrounding communities. When she left the Army, Benford thought she would miss the camaraderie.
“I still have that,” she said. “At our base, we have four nurses, four medics and four pilots. We have each other's backs, and we trust each other. If you’re calling a helicopter, it’s probably because you have a really bad patient. So, we (the crews), sit down together at shift change, drink coffee and talk about our day.”
Benford strives to put herself in the patient’s shoes.
“This is a new patient, and they will remember this day for the rest of their lives,” she said. “I need to do everything I can. This may be the worst day of the patient’s life, and I am their person. We do everything we can to care for them safely and compassionately.”
The other first responders featured in the #SeeHer campaign include a firefighter, a 911 dispatcher, a clinical specialist and a paramedic. Benford is proud to be a part of the #SeeHer campaign.
“It’s important that young girls see themselves in these strong, compassionate and dedicated women,” she said. “I am proud and humbled to represent all the women who work at Air Evac Lifeteam – nurses, paramedics, pilots, communication specialists, operational control specialists, managers and support staff.”