27-year-old mom following in footsteps of fallen firefighter

HOUSTON - A 27-year-old mother is eager to start a new profession as a firefighter, and she says one person has been her inspiration.

Jocelyn Killingsworth said the calling came after a tragic day in May of 2013.

Her high school classmate and friend, Anne Sullivan, was one of four firefighters who died battling a massive 5-alarm fire at the Southwest Inn.

That day impacted so many lives. It changed the direction that Killingsworth wants to take her life.

"I see it as a gift she had sent me," said Killingsworth. "What keeps me going is Anne."

Killingsworth said Sullivan is the reason why she wants to be a firefighter. Prior to this, Killingsworth thought she wanted to be a police officer.

"It really didn't hit me until then," said Killingsworth. "Not only was she brave and had a lot of courage, but she was very strong, mentally and physically. She never let anything get to her."

Killingsworth is currently volunteering at the Rosenberg Fire Department as she works toward certification. She has four weeks left of EMT class and will then be headed to the fire academy.

Killingsworth is raising money to attend the fire academy using a GoFundMe page.

She has set a goal of $2,600. She says any money raised beyond that will be donated to the Anne McCormick Sullivan Foundation.


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