Editor’s note: Johnson & Johnson has more than 128,000 employees around the world. Throughout 2014, we’re going to bring you their unique stories. Whether they are employees who work with a nonprofit, mentor children, or simply volunteer at their local soup kitchen, we want to show that small acts of kindness can make big changes in the world we live in. These stories have inspired us, and we hope they’ll inspire you, too. Happy and Healthy New Year, from Johnson & Johnson.
“Those who can lead have an obligation to do so, in the realm of citizenship…” General Robert Wood Johnson, 1949
Name: Madeline Lu
Position/J&J Company: IT Analyst, Project Management in the Application Services group
Madeline Lu, IT Analyst at Johnson & Johnson, is a volunteer firefighter at Kendall Park Fire Company and the Princeton Fire Department, New Jersey. Madeline’s service as a volunteer firefighter taught her the importance of teamwork and creative thinking in urgent situations, while breaking the stereotype that firefighters are only big, strong men. “I’ve always believed in the importance of being thankful for what you have and giving back to the community wherever possible. Many communities rely on volunteer first responders to provide services in medical and fire emergencies, and it’s comforting to know that when you dial 911, it could very well be your neighbor who literally comes to your rescue.”