Lancer First Responders


Lancer First Responders is a one-of-a-kind club, open to all students, that allows them to explore different aspects of the EMS, firefighting, and law enforcement fields.  Through various classroom and hands-on training sessions, students are able to gain exposure to the appropriate ways of handling a real-world emergency.  In addition to this training, students are responsible for planning and coordinating the Bonfire, Pre-Prom Assembly, and Blue Mass each year at St. Mary's.  Partnering with Bowmansville Volunteer Fire Department, students meet on a weekly basis at the fire hall to train with other firefighters.  Students are able to answer calls both after school and at the fire hall and are able to attend different company functions, both in a training aspect and in a more social setting. 

Students have an opportunity to earn numerous certifications, including: NYS Certified First Responder (have to be at least 16 years old to complete), American Heart Association CPR/AED/First-Aid, as well as numerous other FEMA certifications.

If you have any questions or are interested in joining the club, please contact LFR captains, Andrew Wargo at or Kerry Sullivan at


To see what an impact a club like this can have on a student's future, here is a testimonial from SMH junior and Lieutenant with the Bowmansville Volunteer Fire Department, Athena Mohamed:

"Lancer First Responders has opened so many doors for me that words cannot describe. Throughout our partnership with Bowmansville Volunteer Fire Department, I have had the opportunity to be certified in CPR/AED as well as become a NYS Certified First Responder. Without the help and support from my friends and family, I would not have grown as an individual. From endless Sundays and time at the fire hall, I would have never learned what kind of training firefighters and EMS personnel go through on a daily basis. From going on calls and working with others, I saw first hand what teamwork truly means."

Lancer First Responder (LFR) Roster:

Name Grade Rank Certifications
Kelly Cleversley  2020 Firefighter  
Rebecca O'Connor  2020 Lieutenant  
Sara Micholas  2020 Firefighter  
Kerry Sullivan  2020 Captain CPR/AED/First-Aid
Emily Ratcliff  2020 Firefighter  
Dan Hatfield   2018 Lieutenant CPR/AED/First-Aid
Andrew Wargo  2018 Captain NYS Certified First Responder, CPR/AED/First-Aid
Athena Mohamed  2019 Lieutenant NYS Certified First Responder, CPR/AED/First-Aid
Krystian Krzyszton 2018 Lieutenant  
Brianna Ely  2019 Police Explorer  
Jacob Winiarski  2018 Lieutenant  
  • 73 drills; 23 stand-bys; 66 calls answered; 14 special details completed by LFR members this year