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Press Photo by Katherine Lymn At the Killdeer Area Ambulance station Jan. 21, paramedic Malissa Smith discusses her work with coworkers.

Trauma junkie: Killdeer woman goes from welding to emergency responder in oilfields

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Malissa Smith calls herself a trauma junkie.

“I don’t want anyone to get hurt,” she said. “I just want to be there when they do.”

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Those who know the Killdeer paramedic say she’s outgoing, and that her skill at putting people at ease extends beyond the medical battlefield.

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