Firefighter/Paramedic Ramiz Albazi, Skokie Fire Department
Length of time working for the Village of Skokie? Since 2016
What do you like most about your job? It is very rewarding helping those in need.
Why did you choose a career in the public safety? After losing a loved one unexpectedly, I wanted to make sure that if a medical emergency was to occur in my presence I would be trained to make a difference.
How does your background help you carry out your job duties and serve the community? The Village of Skokie has a large Assyrian population and I can speak Assyrian fluently. This is instrumental on both medical and fire-related emergencies within the Village of Skokie.
What do you like most about Skokie? The Village of Skokie is a community that is inclusive of all walks of life.
What was your most interesting experience while on the job in Skokie? I was able to take part in honoring Army Staff Sergeant Albert Leon Mampre, the last surviving member of easy company, 2nd battalion,506th parachute infantry regiment. He was a World War II hero and was laid to rest at Memorial Park Cemetery.
What is your proudest accomplishment in your work for the Village of Skokie? I was able to become State Certified in paramedicine.
What are your favorite Skokie restaurants? Dengeos and Uncle Julio’s.