Mayo Clinic Ambulance is honored to be represented by Sara Ruff, Paramedic, as a Star of Life. Sara started her career with Mayo Clinic in 2017 as an EMT. Sara continued her education and became a paramedic in 2021. Sara's supervisor Kirk Gunderson, states, "Sara is that rare team member that has an amazing commitment to ensuring that her teammates have what they need to care for patients. Sara is a local point of contact, always willing to step up when the need arises, and will often place herself second to support her crews."
Sara shared, "Starting my career in the dental field at 17 years old, I never thought I would end up with a second career in life as a Paramedic. I have always had a passion for working with people by educating them and helping them take proper care of their oral health. Now what was supposed to be a casual EMT position turned into full-time due to a career-ending injury. I have since found another passion in life. Working with patients when they are having a rough time in life or in what is sometimes their darkest hour has been one of the most humbling experiences. Yes, it is definitely a stressful job, but it can also be very rewarding. I learned very early on that we are a different breed of people, a family, and we take care of each other. There is nowhere I'd rather be right now than with the wonderful co-workers I get to call family."
Sara was born in Durand, Wisconsin. Before entering emergency medical services, Sara worked as a dental hygienist. Sara has two children, Ethen and Peyten. She also has two dogs, Stryker and Whiskey. Sara enjoys time with her family in her spare time at her parent's cabin.