New DC Ambulance director trades in Sunshine State for Minnesota Nice
Over the course of his adult life, new Dodge Center Ambulance director, Alexander Tubonjic, has experienced a lot of unique things with his career.
That's why after 21 years of living in the state of Florida, Tubonjic decided to start a new journey as the leader of the ambulance department.
“I thought it would be a great new life experience moving to a completely different state,” Tubonjic said.
Tubonjic first started his journey in the world of being a first responder while he was a volunteer first responder in high school.
From there he became a volunteer firefighter and first responder before going to school to become a EMT and paramedic.
After doing that for a while, he made his way to Iraq for a year, where he was a diplomatic paramedic.
After having that unique experience, Tubonjic then became a flight medic, where he got time to combine his love for aviation and helping to save lives.
During that time, he explained, he got to travel to all 50 states and to 70 countries, helping to save lives all around the world.
Eventually, Tubonjic went down a different path for a while when he began to teach EMT courses along with owning a public safety radio company, helping to supply radios to different first responders across the state.
Although he enjoyed those experiences, he knew that he wanted to get back into public service.
“I missed being in public service,” Tubonjic said.
As luck would have it, Tubonjic was approached about selling his business, which he did.
With him no longer owning a business, he then had the chance to start searching for a career back in the world of public service.
After searching the web, Tubonjic stumbled upon the position of Dodge Center Ambulance director.
At first after arriving in the roughly 2,000 person town of Dodge Center, Tubonjic thought it may be to small for his liking.
But after exploring the town some more, he quickly realized that it was the place for him.
“I love the small town charm,” he said.
For him, his favorite part about being in public service, as a first responder, is being able to help people during one of the worst moments in their lives.
“I love being able to come into a stranger's life during one of their worst moments and making it better,” Tubonjic said.
Although he saw snow before, as he lived in New Jersey until he was the age of 10, he drove in snow for the first time, as he made his move to Minnesota.
“I had never driven in snow before then,” he said.
Tubonjic is looking forward to helping the local community in his newest role, and is very excited for the exceptional staff, volunteers and facilities that Dodge Center Ambulance has.
“I’ve been thoroughly impressed with the staff and volunteers so far,” Tubonjic said. “I am also very impressed with the equipment and facilities that we have here,” he added.
Dodge Center City Administrator, Josh Tetzlaff, is also excited to have Tubonjic on board.
“We are excited to have Alex join our team. He brings a great deal of experience in the emergency medical field and in management roles. I look forward to his many ideas and contributions as we work to advance Dodge Center,” Tetzlaff said.