American Patriots Unsung Magazine Issue 6 - Page 46

46 Lea, or @leaspeed6 as she is known on Instagram and other social media platforms, is a fun-loving nurse and shooting enthusiast who has created a large following by bringing others along for the ride through pictures and videos. Her love of the outdoors and outdoor activities led her to a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Physiology, and her initial goal of becoming a sports trainer or nutritionist. When she started college, Lea had no desire to be a nurse. Like others, she admits she held the common misconception that nursing mostly consisted of sponge baths, sheet changes, and other drudgery that didn’t sound appealing. As she began working in exercise science, interacting with nurses and others within healthcare, she began to see that the perception of nursing she once held had been naively skewed. Lea saw professionals with a compassionate heart for others who profoundly cared about their patients’ comfort and well-being. Today, Lea is a full-time Registered Nurse who specializes in cardiovascular medicine. Growing up in Massachusetts, she fell in love with the outdoors and shooting. That joy, warm weather, and the desire for the freedom to partake in it eventually drew her to Arizona. Lea is all about the joy of the total experience. She’s an advocate for the use of suppressors for hearing protection, and does her best to promote all types of shooting, shooting sports, and general firearm ownership. Lea’s pictures and videos let people see the fun and safe side of shooting and makes a case for an active, healthy lifestyle. She makes shooting and firearms more approachable and less intimidating to those unfamiliar with it. When American Patriots Unsung Magazine reached out to Lea to share her story of uniformed service to her community and her passion for shooting sports, she immediately pointed in the direction of others she thought might be more deserving of recognition. She has a huge appreciation for those that serve and put their lives on the line and she humbly deflects attention when others see her in the same light. American Patriots Unsung Magazine was created for everyone who serves their community or country in every uniform, so we appreciate that she took time out of her busy schedule to a 20 question interview with us. 47 JAY DOBYNS