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First Responder Spotlight –Mangesh Karhadkar

March 2, 2023

After moving to Montgomery Township in 2015 with his wife and two young boys, Mangesh Karhadkar says he enjoyed playing volleyball and cricket at Montgomery Park. During a match, he met a few Montgomery Emergency Medical Services (EMS) volunteers.

Mangesh Karhadkar

Inspired by their dedication, he joined. Karhadkar jumped in the driver seat after quickly completing the driver training. Then, he decided to enroll in the rigorous Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) course. Karhadkar recalls a famous quote of Nelson Mandela: “Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world.”

Since becoming a certified EMT, Karhadkar has completed nearly 2000 hours volunteering, and has responded to 220 calls. He was on the front lines throughout the pandemic and spent nearly 24 hours non-stop responding to various emergencies during Hurricane Ida. Karhadkar says, “During the pandemic ... Montgomery EMS was an extended family for the residents of Montgomery. We met people in their most vulnerable state and always focused on providing hope, assurance, and the utmost care.”

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When Karhadkar is not volunteering, he works in the compliance division of a major U.S. bank. He holds a bachelor's degree in computer science and a master’s in business administration. Becoming a first responder has been rewarding beyond anything he says he could have imagined. “It is a privilege to be able to help people in their time of need,” he says.

Karhadkar has been able to give back to the community while also making lifelong friends and building bonds. If you ask Karhadkar, he’ll tell you that, “There is nothing else more satisfying.” He says he looks forward to continuing to ride with MEMS and serving his community for the foreseeable future.

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