Noblesville Mom of the Year: Amy Lutz
Local mom is also a firefighter and EMT.
Writer & Photographer / Allison Yates
The Noblesville graduate and mother of five knows this better than anyone. Ever since she was a young girl, she has dreamed of being on an ambulance. Then, she raised her children as a stay-at-home mom and worked as a hairdresser, but the thought of being an EMT was something that continued to gnaw at her.
“I would have never moved forward with my dreams if it weren’t for the support and love they gave me,” Lutz says about her children. The final push to make her long-held aspirations a reality came from them.
When her oldest son, Brady, was a senior in high school and an intern at Riverview Hospital, the two of them went out for lunch. He told her he wanted to go into emergency medicine. Then, he said something she didn’t expect.
“He said, ‘mom, I want you to do this with me,’” Lutz recalls.
She ended up starting her course in 2013 to give her son his own experience, but she credits him with encouraging her to finally go after what she wanted.
After a series of rigorous trainings, she finally ended up as an ambulance driver in Cicero. Then, within her first two weeks on the job, she went out for a call. Sitting in the ambulance, she watched her fellow teammates go out to fight the fire, and she realized she wanted to the same. In that moment, she felt the bug, as she calls it.
Now, she works as both an EMT and as the only female firefighter in the department. Lutz, who trail runs and loves to be active with her family, enjoys the adrenaline she feels when her team is dispatched.
“When the tones drop, it’s loud, and it’s exciting,” she says.
For the past three years she’s worked there, and she loves her job. Though she admits it was an initial adjustment. Sometimes it’s hard to be away from her husband Craig and Brady, 21, twins Hayley and Meghan, 20, Blake 18, and Abbey, 17, during the three nights a week she spends at the Cicero Fire Department, but her shift mates are like a second family. Plus, she says, they all adore her family, who end up visiting the station on a regular basis.
Amy isn’t sure how long she’ll be working as an EMT and firefighter, but she says she’ll do it as long as she physically can. Adding 45 to 60 pounds of extra weight each time she puts on her protective gear and the physical demands of the job are strenuous.
Until then, she’ll keep doing what she loves — being a mother, fighting fires and sharing her passion for public service.