David Henkel


“It’s everything I thought it would be,” says HTC graduate David Henkel in describing his career as an emergency medical technician and firefighter. “It’s a good fit.” Since graduating from Hennepin Technical College in May 2013, Henkel has been applying his knowledge as an EMT and firefighter for the city of Brooklyn Center, and also working as an EMT for North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale.    

“HTC has the best fire science and emergency medicine programs in the area, especially fire suppression,” says Henkel in explaining why he chose the college for career training. “I really liked the instructors, and the balance of hands-on training and classroom time was just right.” Henkel was a cadet with the Brooklyn Center Fire Department and was hired full-time after graduation.

“EMT Instructor Joe Martinez is great, and he has really been a mentor,” says Henkel, adding that Martinez checks in with him to see how Henkel is doing as he begins his career. That kind of connection with students is what makes instructors at HTC a real resource for graduates. Of course, with EMT training at HTC, being prepared to save lives is what the program is all about for students and instructors.  For emergency responders, facing stressful situations is part of the job, and their first “save” is a milestone.

For Henkel, his first “save” came during a shift as an EMT. “It was a drug overdose, and the woman wasn’t breathing,” says Henkel in describing the situation. His training kicked in and the woman survived.     

“Joe taught in such a way that you really know what to do,” emphasizes Henkel. “When you’re in that stressful situation, you find you either know it or it’s just something you vaguely remember. My training really made a difference.” Henkel was homeschooled until he was in tenth grade, then he began attending HTC through the Post-Secondary Enrollment Option (PSEO) program, earning high school and college credit at the same time.   

When it comes to helping people, firefighters and emergency medical technicians are at the top of the list. For David Henkel, training at HTC is making a difference to him and the people he’s helping every day. For him, that’s leading to a career that’s everything he thought it would be.  

Last updated by jhanson : 2016-07-27 11:02:26