40 under 40 - Daniel C. Warren '06
How has having a Springfield College degree impacted you professionally?
Springfield College gets you ready to hit the ground running. I joined Springfield with the end in mind. I always wanted to be in Air Force Pararescue. I joined Springfield Cross Country and Swim teams to become stronger on land and in the water. But in that pursuit the sheer talents of Coaches Mike Gavin and John Taffe cultivated my ability to lead others as well as excel physically. The EMSM program gave me exposure to a long two-year Paramedic training that included clinical rotations with FDNY in the south Bronx and across Western Mass, setting me up as the "go to guy" for medicine when I got to the teams. Springfield College has open doors for me because it not only trains you for the real world, it instills the basic tenets of "putting others’ needs before your own" from a very young age. An invaluable prerequisite for anyone pursuing professional and personal success.
Who influenced you when you were a student at Springfield College and explain the role they played in your life?
Bob "Hoppy" Hopkins, EMSM professor and paramedic program chair, made me the clinician I am today. Hoppy taught me the value of never trusting the "cookbook" approach to emergency medicine and to treat our patients holistically. Senior year of college I was deployed with the Air Force Reserve to New Orleans as a flight medic to help during Hurricane Katrina at Louis Armstrong International Airport. I worked side by side with Hoppy (a deployed FEMA DMAT commander) treating some of the most critical patients flown in by helicopter. During that time I earned my final live intubation to test for paramedic. I now take his teaching with me every time I put hands on patients across the globe.
SC Swim Coach John Taffe showed me the value of resilience. Day in and day out I would make the 0500 trek across campus, many times in the snow, to combat my own resolve across miles of laps, breath holds and pain, all under his construct. He taught me poise and leadership under stress. It was John Taffe's program that got me though Pararescue Indoc and any moment where strength alone fails and sheer will is the only path to success.
Father Leo Hoar taught me the value of knowing myself, always approaching life with a sense of humor, and how the term "Humanics in action" extends well beyond a slogan on a tee shirt. Fr. Leo taught me to find hope and a faith in humanity in places where it is in short stock.
If you could share one piece of advice with today's current Springfield College student, what would it be?
Start with the end in mind. Go into Springfield with a plan and exploit its resources for all you can. Everywhere I go where there are professionals from Springfield who help others at the top of their game—physical therapy, athletic training, strength and conditioning, medicine—Springfield is held in the highest regard.
What sets Springfield apart is it allows you the training, and more importantly the certifications, to hit the ground running professionally as soon as you take off the cap and gown. I know I did.
Have fun, but go into the college with a game plan and a profession in mind. Armed with that, Springfield College will take your expectations and capabilities into the stratosphere.
Who do you want to thank personally for the role they have played in your success?
My mom and dad: Ray and Maureen Warren, my wife: Sara E. Warren, and my daughter: Audrey Grace Warren.