What's your name and job?
What does a day in your life look like? (Walk us through your normal day)
I work 24 hrs on-shift at the fire station, which includes responding to emergency medical calls, fires, and accidents. A day on shift also includes equipment inventory and maintenance, training, exercise, and meals together with my crew.
I spend my two days off-shift with my family, maintaining physical fitness, and occasionally teaching first aid and CPR.
What makes you get up in the morning?
Usually my kids! I am really thankful to have a healthy body and sound mind, so I feel a stong sense of stewardship for what I have been blessed with.
What do you love about your profession?
When people suffer from medical problems, accidents, or injuries and feel hopeless, they call for help. I feel privileged to be the one who shows up in that moment to help make a difference and bring some good into a bad situation.
What lead you to become a soldier, officer, etc?
The desire to serve others is what started me down the path of Fire/EMS, but what sparked my interest in serving the Law Enforcement community was when I learned about TCCC from the lessons in the War on Terror. As I saw an increased frequency in active shooter events stateside, I considered how our dept was prepared to handle these kinds of situations. Through educating myself and reaching out to my counterparts in LE, our departments have been able to better plan, equip, and train to intervene in such emergencies.
What are the most challenging aspects of your profession?
My career can be physically and mentally demanding, but I think that many 1st responders would say that a large portion of our incidents fall into either the "routine" category or the category where the outcome has already been determined; the challenge is to be ready for the narrow window of incidents in which a positive outcome truly depends on the choices and actions we make.
Similarly, the burden of that understanding can be great, which is why I love the saying, "God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference".
What do you love to do in your free time?
Recently, I've been enjoying building bridges to the LE community. After a Fire and Police department-wide cooperative training for Active Shooter/Rescue Task Force, I've had a school resource officer reach out for a staff bleeding control class, similar classes at our local state university, first aid/trauma collaborative with local veterinarians for our area K9 officers and their dogs, and continue to work with our SWAT team.
I've enjoyed participating in GoRuck events with our local ruck club. One of our LEOs and I have done several challenges together and are training for more in the future. The ruck club also serves as a great environment for bringing out the whole family for some fitness and fresh air, building a community of like-minded people, and encouraging those on the fence about fitness.
What are your thoughts on the HHV ATE Helmet?
I'm super excited about the HHV ATE. I've been dealing with old, second hand helmets from our SWAT team and old style PASGT dept helmets. Early on, I built my own advanced trauma kit for deployments and later, I obtained a plate carrier and full med kit to support high risk LE operations.
I now have a complete armor complement that allows me to be able to safely respond in the critical 30 sec window if an officer goes down. The ATE has a great balance of the features I want; comms/accessory compatibility, lightweight, economical, USA company! Your helmet has equipped me to serve those who risk so much to serve our community, thank you!