Abbeville paramedic has a passion for helping others
Originally from Edison, New Jersey, Jennifer Melancon relocated to Louisiana with her parents when she was 5 years old. After graduating college at LSU and working in Baton Rouge for 10 years, she moved to Lafayette in 2001, and then again to Abbeville in 2007 with her husband. Although her original intention was to move back to Baton Rouge, Lafayette’s vibrant music scene and delicious food options kept her firmly rooted.
From a large family, Jennifer fit right into the friendly Cajun culture.
“No one in my family has ever met a stranger and we are always ready to invite people in for food, fun, or conversation,” Melancon says.
Her family now includes her husband, Jeff Melancon, and their two beautiful children, Hannah and Alec. And her fun now includes singing in The 2nd Street Carport Band and performing at Abbey Players when she’s not busy at the National EMS Academy working.
The once school teacher turned EMT turned paramedic turned recertification coordinator, Jennifer’s professional life has been nothing short of inspiring. She currently works at the National EMS Academy, an Acadian company, where she is “part of a team that researches, writes and produces all of the recertification classes and monthly training CBTs” for students as close as Lafayette and as far as Saudi Arabia.
When asked what she found most rewarding about her profession, she says, “I know it’s cliché to say ‘helping people’, but really that is a huge part of it.”
Many times, she would encounter people experiencing the worst day of their lives, and the ability to help them feel a little better is an amazing feeling for her. Jennifer said she loves working for Acadian, and although she has the opportunity to move anywhere in Louisiana, Texas, or Mississippi, she is very happy with the roots she has planted here and the friends and family that she has made.