Sure, Pivarnick had a brief stint as a wannabe rapper, per TMZ, but that was not her career-defining moment. Instead, she worked a regular job that showed a completely different side of her. The glamorous MTV star worked as an emergency medical technician for the Fire Department of New York in her Staten Island hometown from 2016 to 2018, according to TooFab. “Forever I’ve wanted to help people, so I decided to go to school and do it,” she said in 2014, per In Touch Weekly. “People really didn’t have faith in me, but I proved them wrong, and now I have a career I want.”
However, Pivarnick’s career as an EMT in her hometown did not end well. While she enjoyed helping people, she was injured on the job while lifting a patient. “I got injured on the job trying to save a life,” she said, per Life & Style.
Pivarnick tore her back and was never the same at work, so she took on fewer physical jobs for the remainder of her time as an EMT staffer. But the injury wasn’t what caused her to leave the job she loved. The reality star was reportedly sexually harassed by some of her male EMT co-workers who recognized her from “Jersey Shore.” She ultimately sued the New York Fire Department over her sexual harassment claims, and in 2020, she settled with the city for $350,000.