October 22, 2018
More Than Fighting Fire
August 4, 2018. That
was the day of the first cardiac arrest I ever responded to.
Seventeen-year-olds shouldn’t watch 57-year-olds lay lifeless on
their kitchen floor. But that’s the job I signed up for. And
through its tough times, it has taught, matured and incited growth in
me far more than anything or anyone ever has. Since joining the
Waxhaw Fire Department, here is how I’ve grown:
Through the fire
department, I have learned to become a lifelong learner. Learning is
never complete. The fire department has taught me life-saving skills
and firefighting skills; but more importantly, it has taught me
lifelong lessons on how to be a team player, a leader and a friend.
And my learning will never be complete. Through the fire department,
I have developed a passion for learning and improving myself with the
ultimate goal of serving my community.
During my time with
the fire department, I have become a mature young man. The things we
see as firemen, the distressed citizens and the devastating property
loss, are not sights for the immature or faint-hearted. Being the one
that members of your community call on the worst day of their lives
shoves reality in your face. You see the most private sides of
people and the some of the most heartbreaking moments in their lives.
I joined the fire department as a 16 year old boy and I have since
become a young man proud of the life he has chosen to live.
As I have found my
passion in life, I am actively taking steps towards furthering my
education in this field and opening new doors for myself. I am
enrolled in Emergency Technician School, I attend firefighting
classes to continue my education and work towards my state interior
certification and I train and run emergency calls on a weekly basis
with the fire department; when you find your passion and life goal,
you do anything and everything to accomplish it. Along the way, I
have learned to become a lifelong leader, a team player, a leader and
At the fire
department, I am surrounded by a family that loves me for who I am,
for my strengths, my weaknesses, my personality and our common
passion for serving our community. We learn together and we train
together. We laugh together and we struggle together. And, we
ultimately grow together. Thus, for the Waxhaw Fire Department and
all my brothers and sisters in red, I am forever grateful.