In retrospect, Danielle Turner’s dots started connecting in 1990 in the family T.V. room of
her Teaneck, New Jersey home. Danielle experienced her first taste of Emergency Medicine watching the hit series Rescue 911. At the age of 7, she anxiously waited for Tuesdays at 8:00pm to watch what medical mystery would be showcased. For 1 hour each week, she was fixated on the professionalism, patient care, medical knowledge, and excitement the Emergency Medical field offered. Yearning for more she began to study her dad’s medical books and realized she aspired to be an Emergency Medical Technician.
At the age of 12, Danielle (with mom in tow,) went to the township volunteer ambulance corp. to join, sadly, she would have to wait 3 ½ years until she was old enough. On her
15 ½th birthday, she went back to the ambulance corp and signed up. Danielle attended Teaneck High School and the Bergen County EMS Training Center simultaneously, once she graduated from EMT school she began serving her community.
After graduating high school, Danielle enrolled at Morgan State University and graduated with a B.S. in Biology. Utilizing her degree and E.M.T. certification Danielle has worked in corporate, private organizations and hospital-settings. In 2014, Danielle was offered an opportunity to speak with ESL students regarding first aid and basic emergency care skills. At first, she was anxious because “students” were different than her typical “patient” but after encouragement from friends and family, Danielle connected a new dot. Her first class was a hit and a few students wanted to learn more.
Growing up with parents that valued education and a seasoned educator for a mom, the “life learner” attitude was embedded in her DNA, another dot connected before she was even born.
Danielle decided to get certified to teach BLS, CPR and First Aid with the American Heart Association. With a high demand for learning life saving techniques, she established Resilient E.M.S. A CPR Instruction and First Aid Training company. In 2015, Danielle decided to dive deeper into the EMS community and became a Certified 911 Officer, Certified Emergency Medical Dispatcher, and EMT Instructor Aide. Danielle added Event Medic to her resume in 2016. She has been the sole EMS Provider for The Apollo, Suze Orman, Guns N Roses, Conan O'Brien, MTV, Nickelodeon, Lifetime and many others. Currently, she enjoys teaching and saving hearts across the world, two hands at a time.
“Again, you can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something—your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.”