“Over the past 3 days, my life and the intimate details of it have been made public for millions of strangers to read and judge,” Lauren said.
“There are many people telling me what they think I should do and giving me advice I did not ask for. Let me be very clear: I did not want the NY Post to run this article, much less use my name.”
“When Dean Balsamini first “interviewed” me, he did not tell me what this was about until after I disclosed most of my background.”
“He did not include in his article that I started crying on the phone when he finally did tell me what he was inquiring about.”
“He did not include that he played this “friendly guy” reporter who just wanted to get MY side of the story, since ya know, they were gonna run it anyway, with or without my input.”
“I know my actions have consequences and I know some of you think I was naive. I truly believe whoever “tipped” the post does not know me personally because anyone who knows me knows the kind of person I am.”
“Let me tell you who I am. This is me.”
Twitter; pictured above is a screenshot of what Lauren had to say after being outed
Lauren is from a tiny town in West Virginia, the same state her mom is from. Her dad is from China.
She has 3 siblings and she’s the oldest. She participated in dance classes, HNS, show choir, and GSA while she was at Winfield High School.
After she graduated, she made the move to New York City at 18-years-old. She dreamed of being on Broadway but soon realized it really wasn’t what she wanted.
Lauren then decided she was going to be an EMT. “I worked as an EMT for a year then I quit because I couldn’t put myself through paramedic school on minimum wage,” she wrote.
She worked as a hostess at a restaurant and worked on putting herself through paramedic school. She graduated in February of this year and has been working as a paramedic since then.
She struggled due to the current health crisis, and she even thought of taking her own life quite frequently.
“I had panic attacks at work and even had a supervisor tell me I should consider another profession if I didn’t grow a thicker skin. I am a damn good paramedic,” Lauren proudly said.
“I LOVE my job and I love taking care of people. I don’t want to quit my day job and get my bag on OnlyFans — I want to serve the city of New York.”
“That’s all I have ever wanted to do. I have always believed in using my voice to speak for those who many not be heard I was raised to ALWAYS show kindness and compassion.”
“The NY Post gave me a voice. So here I am, showing myself to the world. I’m here to tell you all that my First Responder brothers and sisters are suffering. We need your help.”
She detailed some of the most urgent issues facing health care workers, then added, “EMS are the lowest paid first responders in NYC which leads to 50+ hour weeks and sometimes three jobs.”
“My brothers and sisters DESERVE CHANGE! Visit emspac.org for a Mission Statement and to see how you can help. How’s that for a story, NY Post?!”
“Thank you all, from the bottom of my heart for your donations, support, and love. I am so thankful and plan on using this platform to voice the needs of my NYC EMS family. This is just the beginning, folks.”
Twitter; pictured above is a screenshot of Lauren’s story