Chris Hickey, Safe Station Program
Starting at the age of 3, Chris knew he wanted to be a fire fighter. When a college admissions trip found him in front of a volunteer EMT display, he knew his career was possible. Starting in 1996, Chris obtained his EMT license in Pennsylvania and in 2000 obtained his Paramedic license through the National Registry. In 2001 he began working in Manchester NH as a street paramedic for Rockingham Regional Ambulance, the largest and busiest EMS system in New Hampshire. In 2004 Chris was appointed to the Lexington MA Fire Department as a career fire fighter/paramedic. In 2009 Chris was promoted to Field Supervisor for Rockingham and then in 2012 was named the Station Commander for American Medical Response in Manchester NH, who took over operations for Rockingham. In 2015 Chris was appointed to the Manchester NH Fire Department as their EMS Training Officer and a fire fighter/paramedic. On January 31, 2017 Chris retired from the Lexington Fire Department after 13+ years of service to dedicate more time to the opioid epidemic in New Hampshire through his work with the Fire Department. He has received the 2015 NH EMS Instructor of the Year for his work with High Schools and a Middle Schools presenting a "shock and awe" Heroin presentation and was named a 2015 "Star of Life" by the American Ambulance Association for the same work. In 2016 he was named NH Citizen of the Year by the Union Leader for the "Safe Station" program he wrote and enveloped to aid those looking for recovery. Chris resides in Merrimack NH with his wife of 16 years Melissa and their two boys Gavin and Seamus.