Power of One Stories

Meet Oriana Samuelsen

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In every community, there are unsung heroes whose stories quietly shape the world around them. Today, we want to shine a light on Oriana Samuelsen – a true hero in every sense of the word.

From Highway Hero to Fearless Firefighter

Oriana’s journey to becoming a firefighter in Washington State started with a harrowing experience on a remote highway. She found herself face to face with a trapped woman, Darlene, after a devastating collision. Despite lacking formal training, Oriana’s instinct to help kicked in, but the experience left her feeling powerless.

Determined to never feel that helplessness again, Oriana embarked on a path to become an Emergency Medical Technician and later a firefighter, dedicating herself to serving her community.

From Highway Hero to Fearless Firefighter

Beyond Borders: A Tale of Compassion

But her story doesn’t end there. Oriana’s journey took her beyond borders when she found herself in Iraq, where she encountered a brave street dog named Big Girl and her pack.

Despite the challenges and dangers, Oriana’s heart led her to care for these vulnerable animals, forging unlikely friendships with locals who shared her compassion. Tragically, she witnessed Big Girl’s heartbreaking demise, but from that pain emerged a new mission: to save and protect every animal she could.

The Heart of a Hero: Making a Lasting Impact

From organizing blood drives to mentoring female firefighters, Oriana’s impact extends far beyond the flames she’s battled. Her unwavering commitment to animal rescue led her to War Paws, where she continues to pour her heart and soul into the Erbil shelter, despite the inevitable heartaches.

The Power of Compassion

Oriana’s story isn’t just about bravery or sacrifice; it’s about the power of compassion to transform lives, both human and animal. She reminds us that in a world full of suffering, we each have the ability to make a difference, no matter how daunting the task may seem.

Embrace the Power of One

We all have the Power of One. Thank you, Oriana, for showing us the true meaning of courage and compassion. Your story is an inspiration for us all.

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