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Student leader is dedicated to Harpur’s Ferry

Ben Krakauer came to Binghamton in 2002 and graduated three years later with a bachelor’s degree in political science. But that doesn’t represent as big a shift in goals as it might seem.

He’s now pursuing an MPA in health care policy and expects to go into health care administration or emergency management.

“I like looking at things on a regional or system level, rather than just seeing one practice or one group of patients,” he said.

Krakauer, 21, of Dix Hills, is executive director of Harpur’s Ferry, the allvolunteer ambulance service that has won statewide and national recognition this year. He also was part of a four-person team that won the advanced life support skills competition at the recent National Collegiate Emergency Medical Services Foundation conference.

Krakauer joined the junior program with his local fire department while in high school. Many of his friends from home are now involved with EMS agencies at other colleges.

“Harper’s Ferry is one of the things that drew me to Binghamton University,” he said.

Krakauer, who estimates that he spends 40 to 50 hours per week with the ambulance squad, also finds time to serve on the University’s Judicial Board, which investigates alleged violations of the rules of student conduct.

His parents have supported his evolving career plans, he said. In fact, the whole family has a strong Binghamton connection now that his younger sister, Marni, is a sophomore at the University.

Krakauer enjoys the camaraderie of Harpur’s Ferry, as well as teaching new volunteers and working with patients.

“You get as much out of it as you put into it,” he said. “We’re setting the standard for how college ambulance services are run across the country.”
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Last Updated: 10/14/08