Emergency medical technician Bobby Elliott is using his hands-on training to serve both humans and animals.
Elliott, 29, has been employed by BP Whiting for six years, and in addition to serving as a state certified EMT, he works as a firefighter and security guard at the refinery.
After volunteering with the Humane Society Calumet Area in Munster, Elliott felt he wasn’t doing enough for local animals.
“Many years ago, I met the owner of Last Chance Rescue in Schererville. She inspired me to do more,” the Hammond resident said. “So I have been working ever since to be my own rescue.
"I am unable to do the masses of adoptions that (humane societies) do, but in the animal world you do whatever part you can until all the animals are adopted.”
Elliott said his EMT training provides him with the caring and compassion to better deal with animals in need.
“I have been a protector my whole life. These are animals in need. They feel alone and I provide them with the feeling of someone in their corner, someone they can rely on and trust,” he said.
“An animal is what you make of it. They are who they are because of their owner. I fight strongly against animal cruelty and provide the animal with the best chance of having a happy, normal life.”
Like his EMT work, Elliot said his animal rehabilitation work is never routine.
“You never know what your day is going to consist of. I have 1,100 Facebook friends, and more friends outside of that, who are animal lovers and know what I do for animals.”
“They are my eyes and ears, and I try to help all the animals I can,” he said.