By: Athletic Communications Assistant Erin Madden
BEREA, Ohio – A single 911 call changed the course of Logan Davis' life.
When Davis was a junior in high school, his father suffered a stroke. Paramedics responded and transported him to the hospital, where he was supposed to be life-flighted due to the severity of the stroke. What Davis remembers most is that the fire department took time to focus on him as well as taking care of his dad.
Now, Davis can put that life-altering event into perspective as he fields 911 calls day and night as a certified Emergency Medical Technician in the volunteer, part-time Granger Township Fire Department.
"A bad thing turned into such a positive thing," Davis recalls, "because my dad's stroke now has given me the drive to make sure that patients and their families that are experiencing the same thing that I did, I want to do the best I can to comfort them in the time that they need it the most."
His dad's stroke played a big role in the decisions Davis would make leading up to and throughout college: what he would study, what his career would be and also whether or not he played soccer.
"My dad never got to see me play my junior year of high school," Davis explained. "I knew I wanted to continue so that way, he could see me play. I just had such a love for the game that I knew I couldn't let it go at the end of high school."
When it came down to choosing a college, Davis was already familiar with BW thanks to his sister Tanya, who was a standout on the softball team. In addition to wanting to play soccer, his checklist also included being able to commute to school and stay at home to help with his dad.
Head men's soccer coach Reid Ayers and then assistant coach and current Hall of Famer Louie Rolko '07 already knew about Davis as he played for BW alum Bob Sefcik at Medina Highland High School. Rolko had seen him play a couple of times before Ayers finally got a chance to see him down in North Carolina. From that point on, both coaches walked away knowing they wanted Davis to be a part of the program. The senior forward has delivered with eight goals and two assists in his career, including four game-winners.
"Just with his energy, he was a combative kid, a competitive kid, you could just see that," Ayers said. "It was something we felt we needed in this team. Fortunately, he came to the school. He already had a pretty good idea of what BW was and liked it."
Ultimately wanting to pursue nursing for his career, Davis instead chose to study psychology for his undergraduate degree to get an insight into the human mind and how it affects a person's behavior. Psychology wasn't enough, however, as Davis also successfully completed EMT school at University Hospitals (UH) Parma Medical Center last fall and is currently enrolled in the Fire Training Academy at Cuyahoga Community College.
"He was one of those rare kids who knew what he wanted to do, he mapped out a plan and has done that," said Ayers.
EMT school consists of clinical time in a hospital setting, ride time, lectures and practical days, after which the student is required to pass the 70-120 question National Registry for Emergency Medical Technicians exam in order to get certified.
Davis purposefully had knee surgery before he took the exam to lay him up in bed for a week, forcing him to study the 1,000-page prep book. He got kicked off the exam at 70 questions, which meant that "you either did really well or really bad that the remaining 50 questions wouldn't be able to help you pass."
Twenty-four hours later, he opened an email that read, "You successfully passed your national exam." All his hard work paid off and it was on to the next step: becoming a certified firefighter.
Although the fire academy is structured a lot like EMT school with lectures and drills, it demands more out of Davis and his fellow students physically and emotionally.
"They put us in situations that most people couldn't handle every day and we're doing it three times a week," Davis said. "It's very fun because not many people get to walk into a burning building to learn. That's something I love about it is that we can learn through watching fire grow and fire behavior."
In the fall of 2019, the senior psychology major will enroll in BW's Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing program as he works toward his goal of becoming a life flight critical care nurse.
Davis hopes to start his career at UH MedEvac and then eventually end up at Cleveland Metro Life Flight, which handles more trauma. Prior to becoming a life flight nurse, however, he will have to spend 3-5 years working in an intensive care unit in addition to having fire department experience.
"Life flight is the most critically ill and I want to be able to help people on their worst days," Davis said. "Along with being a paramedic, going into somebody's house on their worst time is always what I've been about."
For now, though, Davis keeps his pager and his radio on any time he's home and will respond to a 911 call day and night for anyone in need, remembering that night in high school that changed the course of his life forever.