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They say the apple doesn't fall far from the tree.

Choosing to sign up for the Jefferson County Rescue Squad was an easy choice for Kayla Foust.

"I grew up in it," Foust said. "It was something I always wanted to do."

Just barely out of high school, Foust now serves as the squad's secretary. Her sister, Cecelia, is a paramedic with the team. Her mother and step-father, Lavonda and J.D. Clevenger, both joined JCRS years ago.

"We work [well] together here and at home," J.D. said. "It's a pleasure to have your wife and your kids that want to do the same things that you do."

All four love their work and love helping the people in their community. However, Lavonda is not unlike most mothers who worry about their children's safety.

She knows the danger they face on the job.

"You do worry," she said. "But it's one of those things where -- I know what they do, I know they love it, I know they're good at it. And so you've just got to let them go."

The sisters are learning on the job. Foust said it's comforting to have a parent work alongside her, especially when the job gets difficult. One of the most challenging days was last fall, when a bus crash on I-40 in Jefferson County resulted in the loss of several lives.

"We still cry about it. It's tough, we still deal with it," Foust said. "But it was nice to be able to talk to them."

Both the parents and the kids hold great pride in their work and in each other.

"They've made me very proud," Clevenger said about her daughters. "They both are good what they do. Cecelia's a great paramedic. I've seen her in action - not as her 'momma', but as an emergency worker."

"We are extra proud of her because she's done things most moms don't do," Foust added. "Most moms don't volunteer to firefight, they're not on the rescue squad!"

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