Faces in the Crowd: Elizabeth Hansen
Elizabeth exudes a life of giving back. She's more than a contributing citizen to society, Elizabeth is bringing smiles to peoples faces and warming hearts.
RAPID CITY, S.D. — As Elizabeth walks the hallways at the Care Campus, her passion is helping people on their worst day.
She began working with the Pennington County Sheriff’s Office as a Correctional Officer, then she deployed to Syria through her work in the National Guard as a part of the medevac unit.
She now works as an EMT at the Care Campus in Crisis Care, helping the incoming clients with the next steps to get their lives back on track. She notes the importance of seeing the clientele for who they are as a person, not their addiction.
Elizabeth Hansen, Care Campus EMT, says, “Just the state that they come in is completely different than when they leave, it’s amazing just to watch somebody just transform. So when they come in, usually they are pretty intoxicated and pretty upset and then when they leave, they have talked to a counselor, you know they have sobered up, their system is clean and it’s just all bright and hopeful and they walk out the door.”
Elizabeth wants to live out her life selfless, humble, empathetic and passionate. She puts those qualities in action by joining the Haines Volunteer Fire Department in 2011.
She’s involved the whole family delivering Meals on Wheels – teaching her children a valuable lesson of the importance of being kind to everyone they meet.
Elizabeth says, “It feels so good to be there for somebody who needs it. [I want to] to teach them…everybody deserves to be happy, everybody deserves some kind of warmth. There are so many people and there are so many things going on and anything that you can do, you should do – if you are able to just be a little bit helpful.”
In honor of her aunt who passed away, it’s now a family tradition to pass out flowers to people downtown with a note that has a special meaning, saying, “One side said tell those you love just how much you love them and then the other side was the world is more beautiful with you in it.”
She says being compassionate is the legacy she wants to leave this her children. She recalls a day when her family found $60 on the ground outside of Walmart. They waited to see if the person came back and when they did they returned the money to them. She said it was truly a magical moment.
Elizabeth says, “When they [her children] saw his face light up, when Ivory [daughter] handed him the money, and that kid hugged Hazel [her daughter], I told them this is why we are helpful, like how good does this feel.”
The family also walks dogs at the Humane Society.
Liz and husband Josh (Box Elder Police Sergeant) have been together for almost 17 years. He served in the Navy and Liz still serves in the South Dakota National Guard. They have three children: Jayden, Ivory and Hazel.