“This is the best job in the world. Treat it as such.” Lt. Dylan Briggs, Morrisville Fire Department Why did you originally become a firefighter? Lieutenant Dylan Briggs is a first-generation firefighter who initially wanted to go into law enforcement after finishing school. While studying criminal justice in college, he volunteered at his local fireContinue reading “Dylan Briggs | Morrisville, NC”
“Always leave it better than you found it.” Captain Dena Ali, City of Raleigh FD Why did you originally become a firefighter? Captain Dena Ali was always interested in public safety. In high school, she loved the outdoors and playing sports. Initially, Ali wanted to be a police officer, which she actually did for 5Continue reading “Dena Ali | Raleigh, NC”
“You can’t just scrape by, you have to step up.” Why did you become a firefighter? Captain Marc Davidson served eight and a half years in the Marine Corps before joining the fire service. After serving his country, Davidson wanted a profession that would help him ease back into civilian life while allowing him toContinue reading “Marc Davidson | Fairfax County, VA”
“Everyone has a unique perspective in life.” Why did you become a firefighter? Captain David Santos was first introduced to the fire service by a neighbor. Santos would typically pass a gentleman who worked in his front yard while he walked home from school. The neighbor worked for the Los Angeles County Fire Department, andContinue reading “David Santos | Colton, CA”
“I’ve never seen a better medicine than kindness.” Captain Drew Neal Why did you initially become a firefighter? Captain Drew Neal, Hutto Fire Rescue (TX), always knew he wanted to help others but he wasn’t sure how he would go about it. When he turned 16, he knew the answer: firefighting. Hutto, TX is aContinue reading “Drew Neal | Hutto, TX”
“I can promise you this: if anyone is up for the challenge, it’s the firefighters.” Battalion Chief Rayne Gray What encouraged you to join the fire service? Battalion Chief Rayne Gray with the Phoenix Fire Department has always dedicated himself to serving his community. Before becoming a firefighter, he served 4 years in the U.S.Continue reading “Rayne Gray | Phoenix, AZ”
“It is the duty of all firefighters to pass on their knowledge to every new person on the job.” Captain Chris Baker Why did you become a firefighter? Fire Captain Chris Baker recalls the time in August of 2005, when he was watching the devastation on TV from Hurricane Katrina and Rita in the GulfContinue reading “Chris Baker | Placerville, CA”
“Any change we can make to help firefighters live a healthy life after retirement is worth doing.” Chief Mike Tucker Why did you become a firefighter? Chief Mike Tucker did not initially set out to become a firefighter when he entered the work force. It wasn’t until his friend, who had recently gotten into theContinue reading “Mike Tucker | Oxford, FL”
“After helping people through their worst days as a first responder, you must remember the perspective of your family’s situations.”
“I believe that the change coming in the next 10 years will be faster than the change I’ve seen in the last 40 years.” Chief Darrel Donatto Why did you become a firefighter? When Chief Darrel Donatto was 14 years old, his boy scout troop visited a nearby fire station. His passion was sparked. HeContinue reading “Darrel Donatto | Palm Beach, FL”
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