I joined in 1984 at the age of 14 as a junior fire fighter. I will have 30 years of service in June of 2014.
I grew up hanging around the fire hall. My Dad and my brother we members so I would go to the fire hall with my Dad when I was younger and hang out with the rest of the members, they were like family.
I like helping neighbors, friends and family out in time of need. It is a great sense of pride and joy to help someone out when they need it. I feel that if I can make a difference in one person’s life then it is well worth the time and devotion.
I have held the position of Fire Chief on three different occasions for a total of 11 years. I started out as a Lieutenant and have held a line officer's position for the last 25 years.
I am currently employed with the County of Warren, in the Assessment Office, where I maintain all aspects of the County mapping which includes the 911 addressing. I provide mapping assistance and updates to the 911 dispatch center and provide assistance to the Emergency Operations Center when needed.
I could not devote the time at the fire station, working fundraisers, or on scene without the support of my wife Stephanie and my two children Victoria and Adam. I could never possibly account for the dinners, holidays or time missed from my family. Without their support I would not be able to provide my time and assistance. I take my children to the fire station when I can so maybe they will follow in my footsteps someday.
When I talk to people about joining the fire department their response always is “I don’t have time.” My response is “I don’t have time either, I make time.”