One on one: Maria Potter

BUCKHANNON — Welcome to the third article in the new series “one on one.” This series of articles will go in depth with different people around Upshur County, allowing everyone a moment to shine. For this installment, The Record Delta sat down with Buckhannon Fire Department’s Maria Potter, who is the first female career firefighter at the Buckhannon Fire Department.

Potter was born and raised in Buckhannon with her two sisters, Tara and Alexis. She is the daughter of Donna and Joe Broslawski. Maria is married to Brian Potter, who serves as an EMT and a volunteer firefighter at Buckhannon Fire Department.

Potter went to West Virginia Wesleyan College and obtained a degree in Exercise Science. She took an EMT class there and then went on to Davis and Elkins College to receive her degree as a Registered Nurse. Potter has also received her paramedic license. After all these accomplishments, Potter and her husband became contributing members to EMS and fire rescue services.

Potter elaborated that she has always liked serving in emergency situations and became highly interested in becoming a firefighter. She said her family is very faithful so, she made the decision to pray on this change in careers. Everything worked out wonderfully.

“It is like one big family here at Buckhannon Fire Department,” Potter said. “They are very supportive. They are also progressive; in that I have never been made to feel that I could not do something.”

Potter continued to say that she carries a motto, “Don’t let challenges stop you from doing what you want to do.” Furthermore, Potter was questioned on the shortage of volunteers in the area and said, “If you want to be a part of something bigger than yourself, then just come in and meet us.”

“Go where you feel a purpose,” said Potter. “It is nice to be serving the community that I grew up in,” Potter concluded.


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