Hi! I'm Captain Jen Román, a career firefighter/paramedic with the City of Madison. I started my career in protective services as a volunteer EMT and dispatcher. I love the fact that every day at work is different! I'm Faculty for Madison College, and earned a Master of Science from UW-Madison in Adult and Continuing Education. I've been an active Girl Scout volunteer for over 25 years and I wish that every girl (and woman) would experience what Girl Scouts has to offer! In my spare time I love to dance, run and read. CampHERO is my 'dream come true’.
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I have worked for the Madison Police Department since 1995. I have had many ranks; Police Officer, Sergeant, Lieutenant and Captain. I am currently the Captain of Training. I oversee the training section and a part of the hiring process for all new MPD recruits. I am also the Commander of our Police Honor Guard - which is the group that presents the colors at ceremonies and we also participate in visitation/funeral services for officers.
I have also been with the CampHERO Leadership Team since the beginning and am co-incident commander at Madison College.
My name is Lisa Becher and I grew up on a dairy farm. I have four younger sisters and I once was a Brownie. My Dad has been a firefighter since before I was born, but I never thought of it as a career option for me. I teach firefighting classes at MATC-Madison and I am a Lieutenant/Paramedic for the City of Madison Fire Department.
Sonja is a lifetime member of Girl Scouts and has been a member for over 30 years. She currently volunteers with Girl Scouts in McFarland, as well as a troop of area high school girls. Sonja is a member of and volunteers with NALS...the association for legal professionals, the Wisconsin Association for Legal Professionals, and the Legal Personnel of South Central Wisconsin. She is a legal assistant in the office of the Wisconsin Supreme Court Commissioners. Sonja is a Madison native and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with majors in Psychology and Italian from UW-Madison and enjoys traveling.
Sue was born and raised in Madison. She now resides in Middleton where she raised her two children. Sue has four grandchildren and enjoys spending time with them. She is a lifetime member of Girl Scouts and graduated from Mariner Ship Kon-Tiki 523. Sue spent 24+ years working for Black Hawk Council of Girl Scouts in Madison. Sue is now retired from full-time work but continues to work part-time for WI Council of the Blind and Visually Impaired. Sue has volunteered with CampHERO since the very first year.
Hayley Collins has been employed as a Deputy Sheriff with the Dane County Sheriff’s Office (DCSO) since 2008. She has worked in Security Services (Dane County Jail), Boat Patrol, Recruitment/Backgrounds, Task Force and is currently a Contract Deputy for the Village of Windsor. Hayley is also a part of the DCSO Honor Guard, Peer Support Team and is an Instructor, along with serving on a variety of committees within the agency. Hayley is on the state council for Law Enforcement Torch Run and is a Special Olympics volunteer. In her spare time she enjoys arts and crafts, photography, camping, traveling, volunteering, socializing with friends and spending time with her husband, who is also a Dane County Deputy, and son. She has been a CampHERO volunteer since camp started in 2012…she is excited to be a part of such a great organization that encourages young girls to consider careers in public service!
Bernadette Galvez is a Community Education Officer and Occupant Services Unit for the City of Madison Fire Department, where she has been a member of since 1990. Bernadette is a senior car seat technician; an EMT and received her Juvenile Firesetter Intervention Specialist I & II Leadership Certification at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Maryland. She graduated from Defiance College with a BS in Criminal Justice. She enjoys outdoor activities including fishing, scuba diving and skiing.
I am currently a student at UW-Platteville studying to become a police officer. I would like to work for the Madison Police Department someday. I went to CampHERO two years ago and really loved it. Last year I joined the planning team as the girl advisor. I’m always ready for anything CampHERO. It's so much fun.
My name is Peyton. I am a college student studying history education. I participated in Girl Scouts through high school and am registered as a lifetime Girl Scout. I love volunteering for CampHERO and I help in any way I can.There is never a dull moment at CampHERO.
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My Name is Alexandra Nieves Reyes, I am currently a police officer for the City of Madison and I am proud to say that I am a veteran. I have been in law enforcement for 8 years. I have a degree in Criminal Justice and Psychology. I am sad to say that I was never a Girl Scout as a girl. Last year was my first experience as a Girl Scout and I loved every minute of it! My only regret is that I didn’t get involved sooner. I believe in CampHERO’s mission and I am proud to know the people I work with.
Hi I am Amanda Baumann and from Brookfield, WI. I graduated From University of Wisconsin Oshkosh with a Bachelors in Science and Communication. I began my journey on the Oregon Fire Department and received my certifications in Basic EMT, A-EMT, Paramedic, Fire I and II along with Hazmat Tech at Madison Area Technical College. I then was hired full time on Madison Fire Department in 2012. I currently am a firefighter/Paramedic. I enjoy teaching and helping others fulfill dreams within the different services involved within communities.
Lori has been with the Madison Police Department (MPD) since 1997 and was promoted to Lieutenant in 2015. She has worked in patrol, as a neighborhood officer, and in both the south and west community policing teams. She supervised in patrol and in the west community policing team, focusing on drug interdiction, felony offenders, and community problem solving. Lori co-chaired the annual charity golf outing put on by the Unions of the MPD for nearly ten years, raising over $150,000. Lori currently trials her chocolate lab, Rook, in agility. In her spare time, she enjoys working out, playing golf, camping, hiking,working on home projects, cooking, and books on history.
Tamara "Tiger" Dinkel, returning Crew Leader and Instructor. As a little girl I was a Brownie. Now I am a State of WI certified Firefighter 2, HazMat Ops, and Apparatus Driver/Pumper Operator. I serve as a member of the Middleton Fire District, Fire Co. #1 and the Verona Fire Department. I am a Nationally Registered and State of WI certified Paramedic working as a full-time ALS Paramedic with Ryan Brothers Ambulance. I graduated from UW-Madison with a bachelor's in Psychology and am a multi-year varsity letter winner for the UW
Liza Tatar is a Chief with the City of Madison Fire Department. She is a member of the SCUBA Team and drives Engines and Aerial Ladders at MFD Station 1. She also spent time on the Rapid Intervention Team and Heavy Urban Rescue Team. Prior to her service with the City of Madison, Liza was a member of the Middleton Fire Department. Liza played goalkeeper for the University of Virginia Soccer Team and has coached soccer goalkeepers of all levels. Liza enjoys working with campers on advanced firefighting skills like rappelling, extrication, and fire attack.
My name is Taylor and I’m a Firefighter/Paramedic Intern at Town of Madison Fire Department. This will be my 2nd year volunteering at CampHERO. I have been with the Fire Service for the past 4 years and EMS for the past 3. Outside of the Fire/EMS world, I enjoy attending social events with friends/family, working out, snowboarding and listening to music. I’m excited to be a part of a group that promotes and teaches the great career of the Fire Service.
I have worked at the U.S. District Court for 30 years as the Financial Administrator. I am married, have three children, two grandchildren, and a family dog. I have several family members that work in protective services. My daughter, Marissa, got me involved in, and passionate about volunteering for CampHERO in roles that I can fill. I began volunteering in 2016.
My name is Nate Volz and I have volunteered for CampHERO since 2013. In my professional life, I am a firefighter/paramedic with the City of Waukesha Fire Department, where I have been since August of 2015. I’ve been in the fire service since 2010. For camp, I teach fire program classes and review the curriculum for the fire program. In my free time, I enjoy running, reading, watching the Brewers and Packers, cooking, and spending time with my friends and family. I have had an incredible experience over the years, and I look forward to more great times!
Hello! My name is Josh Haq and I am a student in Madison College’s Fire Protection Technician degree program. I am a big brother to a girl scout (20 year age gap!), love teaching all ages, and am passionate about being a positive role model. Additional to my studies, I enjoy being outdoors, riding my bike, rock-climbing, and training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. CampHERO is a great organization and I’m excited and happy to be part of the team!
I've been a part of CampHERO since the beginning. My contribution to camp varies from year to year. While my main effort is to provide support with Food Services, I try to solicit financial support for CampHERO through the my professional contacts in the commercial real estate community. I enjoy seeing the energy level of every camper each year and their dedication to learn more about protective services.
Theresa has been with the Madison Police Department (MPD) since 2012. She was previously a police officer in Arlington, TX since 2007. She has worked in patrol in the South and West Districts, and is currently a Neighborhood Resource Officer for the West District. Theresa developed a young women's empowerment group, called Savvy Girls (Striving Against Violence and Victimization of Youth) focusing on minority girls, ages 8-14 in neighborhoods in the West District promoting self esteem building, leadership skills, and empowerment. Theresa has two dogs at home, a boxer and a yorkie, who keep her on her toes. In her spare time, she likes working out, gardening, DIY projects, and traveling.
Hi! My name is Amanda and I work full time as a clinical research coordinator in cardiology. I also work as an AEMT/FF with the McFarland Fire department. I became an EMT in 2001 and a firefighter in 2017. I am married, have one child, Henry and a little dog named Chloe. .
Hi! I am with Mt Horeb EMS. I graduated from Verona Area High School in 2014. During high school I played tennis for four years and did track for two years. My Senior year of high school I participated in the youth options program and went to the fire academy at MATC. In the spring I went to the EMT-Basic class in the morning and high school in the afternoon. During high school I was a lifeguard, swim lesson instructor and an explorer with the Fitchburg Fire Department. It was there that I learned that firefighting/Paramedic was the way I wanted to go as a career. I got the opportunity to go to many fire camps where I learned first hand from firefighters. I saw how much the instructors enjoyed teaching kids and decided I wanted to do the same.
Hi, I am Shantal Alfaro, a CampHERO Volunteer since the Spring of 14’. I love everything about this organization, from its mission, to the kids, to the volunteers! My experience working with children is extensive; having been a lead gymnastics coach for over 7 years, camp leader, and have babysat several families throughout my life. I have always been passionate about the Fire/EMS service, and most recently have began to pursue my dreams in becoming a FF/Paramedic. In 2011, I met my better half, Josh aka “Scrubs”. Together we reinforced in each other our need & passion in helping others, & being active in our community. We were introduced to the CampHERO family shortly after taking classes at Madison College. We are humbled to have been given the opportunity to work with such an inspirational and loving group of people, here at CampHERO.
Hi my name is Tammy Pysher and I have been volunteering with registration/check in of CampHERO since the first session. I have 3 awesome kids, our oldest is our son Tim Jr (Timmy), he is a Sergeant in the US Army stationed in Miami, Florida. The middle is our daughter Tara who is 13yrs old and going into 8th grade and our youngest is Travis who is 11 years old and will be a 6th grader in the fall. I work for the Monona Grove School district so I usually have a few friends that recognize me from Cottage Grove Elementary School each year. I also have been a Girl Scout leader for 8 years in my daughter Tara's troop. We have 2 cats: Poopy and Tononna. I love to laugh, help people, go camping and sometimes even play video games in my spare time. I cant wait to greet girls and their families again this year at check in!!
Clare Gloede iCity of Madison police officer and studied Criminology and Sociology at UW-Whitewater. She was a member of the Whitewater Women’s Basketball team for the 2013-2014 season, where they placed third in the NCCA tournament. She is currently a summer intern with the Madison Police Department. She hopes to pursue a career as a Police Officer with the Madison Police Department after graduating. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time at the lake, playing sports, and going on adventures with her friends.
Amelia has been with the Madison Police Department (MPD) since 2012. She has worked in patrol (on night shift and afternoon shift) and is currently the Neighborhood Resource Officer for the South Police District. In this capacity, she works as the neighborhood officer for the Burr Oaks neighborhood and assists with other projects in the South District. Amelia is part of the MPD domestic violence committee and participates in the Domestic Violence Coordinated Community Response group. In her spare time, Amelia enjoys reading, doing yoga, watching movies, and crafting.
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Dan Grejczyk has been teaching for Pulse Check Plus for 7 years. Besides teaching CPR and use of the AED, he also teaches Pediatric First Aid, Adult First Aid, Blood Borne Pathogens, SIDS and Shaken Baby Prevention. In 2011 Dan was promoted to Director of Operations. Over the past 7 years, Dan has worked with teen's and collage age young adults dealing with substance abuse issues. In his free time, chances are you will find him playing hockey with the MGHA, or watching the History channel.
My name is Kelly Kolb-Johnson and I graduated from Madison College majoring in Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement in May, 2018. I also Graduated from in the class of 139th Madison College Law Enforcement Academy in December, 2018. I'm an advocate for equality and protective services. I have lived in Wisconsin most of my life and love doing volunteer work for important activities that can benefit others.
Hannah graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2014 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing, ranking in the 20th percentile of her class. After graduation, she joined the nursing team at UW Hospital as a member of their nationally acclaimed Nurse Residency Program. She now works on the unit for Cardiothoracic Surgery and Heart and Lung Transplant, taking care of patients before and after surgery. During nursing school, Hannah volunteered in the Emergency Room at Meriter Hospital. Hannah got involved with CampHERO in 2013 through a brochure in the break room at Meriter, and has been volunteering with the camp ever since. Hannah is also an avid runner, her distance of choice being half marathons, and she has volunteered several seasons as a coach for Girls on the Run. Hannah also likes to read, spend time outdoors and dabble in arts and crafts when she can. She is looking forward to helping out for another great year at CampHERO!
I have been a volunteer firefighter for 22 years for the City of Monona.
I am also the training officer and a State certified Instructor. My other title is fire investigator and am a charter member of the Dane County Arson Response Initiative with 19 years experience as an investigator.
My 2 daughters were active in Girl Scouts with one being a camp counselor at Camp Black Hawk for 6 years. During that time I was an active parent volunteer counselor and earned the silver volunteer of excellence award from the council, something I am very proud of!
I have been an Advanced EMT with Lifestar EMS since 2010. I used to be a high school science teacher but now work part-time in EMS and stay home with my very active twins! I enjoy working with all age groups and have also taught archaeology, wetland ecology, and environmental science to summer scouting and school groups throughout the years. In my spare time, I enjoy biking, gardening, swimming, reading, and spending time with my family. I absolutely love working in EMS and helping make a difference every day. I encourage all girls to consider the protective services as a career and CampHERO is a great place to get started!
Joylynn is a life-long Girl Scout; active as a girl member starting in Kindergarten, a Campus Scout while attending UW-Madison, and as a volunteer with a troop of area high school girls since then. She works for the Wisconsin Manufacturing Extension Partnership, a non-profit that works with Wisconsin's small and medium manufacturers to help them improve their businesses and stay competitive. Joylynn is also a member of the Board of Directors of Wisconsin Women in Government, a non-partisan organization focused on supporting women at all stages of their careers in federal, state, and local governments. A Madison native, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two small children camping, canoeing and kayaking, and reading.
I’m so excited to be returning for my sixth summer with Camp Hero! I have been working in the fire service for seven years and am currently a firefighter/EMT with the Madison Fire Department. Outside of work and volunteering, I am married with two kids (almost 2 and 4 years old), love spending time outside, and can always be found running and biking. Camp Hero is always a highlight of my summer, and I’m looking forward to another year of fun!
I have been a firefighter since 2004. I grew up in West Allis and I went to college at St. John’s University in New York City, where I graduated with a degree in Criminal Justice and Business Administration. I had always wanted to be a firefighter, so I moved to Madison right after college where I went to school and began training to become a firefighter. During my career, I have worked for both the Maple Bluff Fire and South Milwaukee Fire Department and I am currently with the Madison Fire Department. I love my career as a firefighter/paramedic, and I can’t wait to see what each new day brings!
I’ve been volunteering with CampHERO since 2013, and I love it because the goal is to educate and empower young people to build confidence and hopefully develop an interest in the best career in the world!
I'm Deeds. I am 24 years old and am currently starting my third year of medical school at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. I started my clinical rotations in Marshfield in January 2019. Before medical school, I worked as an EMT while in college. I like to read, craft, and play board games in my free time.
My name is Cassie. I am a former CampHERO camper! I have been on Cambridge EMS since January 2015. I am also training to be a CNA at Deerfield Place Assisted Living. I am a Bike patrol person during some races. In my off time I teach a nonverbal autistic child. I love to bike and run. I have a pitbull terrier named Trina and I have a gineua pig named Hiccup.
Hi, I was a Girl Scout in Mequon, WI until starting high school. I remember many adventures including camping in a cave, rock climbing and canoeing the Boundary Waters. Like Girl Scouts, firefighting is a new adventure every day. I was hired by the Appleton Fire Department in 1996 and am currently an Acting Officer. Living in Madison, I am also an instructor at Madison College in the Protective Services. I went to UW Green Bay on a softball scholarship and in 2010 earned an MBA from Lakeland College. CampHERO is an amazing opportunity for young women to explore firefighting as a career and look forward to helping out.
I have been a member of the Madison Fire Dept. for 20 years and am currently the Division Chief of Medical Affairs. I have truly enjoyed my time as a firefighter and paramedic in the City of Madison. I was also a member of the U.S. Air Force Air National Guard for 23 years and worked as a crash rescue specialist. Helping people is very rewarding but teaching young people is very important to me too. In order to have well trained, successful first responders in the future, it’s a great idea to start teaching people at a young age.
Al retired as Deputy Chief from Airport Fire / Truax after 35 years. He is currently the Training Captain at Maple Bluff and has been there 20 plus years. He serves as Part time faculty at Madison College and has taught everything from the fire academy to the associate degree program, Al has been married for 30 years to his wife Linda. When he’s not teaching or at the fire station he likes to go camping. He likes to fish, and has a dog named Chester. He has lived on the northeast side of Madison for over twenty years.
I joined the protective services in 2008 and have been in love with it ever since! I am currently a paid-on-call advanced EMT and firefighter with the DeForest Windsor Fire and EMS Department, and I work full time in a local emergency department as an emergency department technician - soon to be registered nurse! I have been with CampHERO on and off since the beginning, and it's an honor to have the opportunity to work with such amazing volunteers and campers.
Jeremiah has been involved in Girl Scouts for 15 years, first as a supporter, then as a husband and helper and most recently, as a father.
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Megan is a lifelong Girl Scout who is involved in countless ways including Troop Leader and CPR/First-Aid Trainer. As a mother of two and a special education teacher, Megan believes that all children should have the opportunity to experience success and build self confidence.
Hi! I have been helping out with CampHERO since 2012. I got involved through my internship with the Madison Police Department. I attended Bemidji State University (MN) where I majored in Criminal Justice. I currently work for The Department of corrections at the Columbia Correctional Institution. My duties at work is currently a 14 week rotational position where I work as a Restrictive Housing (Segregation) Unit block Officer and Recreational Officer. I am currently on first shift. I regularly work on the Special Management Unit where I work with offenders with disabilities. I am. I my spare time I like to go to my cabin where I like to go sit by the lake, fish, hunt, and camp.
I am a very eager FF/Paramedic that is always open to new ideas.. I was introduced to the world of firefighting in 2014 through the school to career program in my high school and since then I have decided this is what I want to do. Besides being a firefight fighter I love adventure, I like to hunt, fish, hike, ATV, and my favorite activity snowmobile. I am also a very passionate motorcycle rider.
I am a UW nursing graduate and have been in emergency care since, including teaching paramedics. I am a healing touch practitioner. I was a Girl Scout from 2nd through 8th grade in Great Blue Heron Council and am a ‘cheese head’ for life! I am eternally curious, a perpetual reader and an avid gardener. I love singing, hockey, Bucky Badger, campfires and swimming. My husband and I live with our two cats.
I’m Sara Grade and was a volunteer firefighter for about 10 years in the Village of Dane. I can’t explain how rewarding it has been to be a part of the protective services organization. I volunteer as a crew leader for CampHERO and look forward to helping all of the girls attending the camp! I graduated from UW-Madison with a degree in History and currently reside in the Village of Dane with my husband Justin, daughter Violet and our two dogs. I love to cook, garden and read. I truly believe in the mission of CampHERO and that girls coming into the camp can learn a lot about building upon the great qualities that they already have!
I have been working for the Madison Police Department as a Police Officer since May 2007. I earned my Bachelor’s Degree from UW-Milwaukee in Criminal Justice, and worked at a Boys & Girls Club in Milwaukee for two years before starting my career as a Police Officer. I have been working patrol for my entire career and enjoy the variety each day brings. I also assist with our K9 unit, serving as a decoy, where I get to dress up in a marshmallow suit or other equipment and take bites from the dogs, go for walks to the dogs can track me, hide in buildings or in the woods so they can find me, or assist in whatever else they need. I started volunteering for CampHERO in 2014, and have been back every year since! When I’m not at work or volunteering for camp, I love being outside, working and playing with my dogs & spending time with my growing family.
I was born in Bogota Colombia. I grew up in Los Angeles CA. II have a big household. I am married with 3 children and a grand baby. I have 3 dogs and my mom and dad, live with us. I have been a police officer for 10 years and for the last 4 years I have been the School Resource Officer at East High. I enjoy spending time with my family and learning new things.
Mary Lu Anderson
I am an RN. I worked in a hospital for 20 years. I then worked in a factory as a nurse. Following that I went back to school and got a masters degree in social work. I directed a long term residential treatment center for adolescent girls who had been sexually abused. I worked in outpatient therapy with a focus on domestic abuse and AODA.
Hi, I am a Paramedic with the Madison Fire department since 2015, and a former Aircraft Firefighting & Rescue Specialist with the United States Marine Corps Reserves. I was a on-call Firefighter/EMT with the Cottage Grove Minnesota Fire Department until July of 2013. I hold an Associate Degree in Applied Science - Music Business. I have also completed 23 credits in the Fire Science program through the Louis F. Garland Department of Defense Fire Academy. Lastly I hold certifications for Firefighter I & II, Airport Firefighter, HazMat Operations Core, National Registry Emergency Medical Technician, and Minnesota State EMT -Basic certifications.
I am a retired Police Officer of 20 years of service with Phoenix PD. I am currently working with the Madison PD as a civilian training coordinator. I have also been an English teacher in China. I enjoy mentoring young women and I'm impressed with the Camp Hero mission.
I am a junior in high school looking into the protective services. I am involved in lots of extracurriculars including swim team, track, and girl scouts. I participated in camp hero 3 times, this will be my second year helping out. I am an Explorer at the Fitchburg Fire Department and have been for the past 3 years.
I graduated UW - Madison with a B.A. in Religious Studies in 2015. I started as a dispatcher for the WI State Patrol in March 2016. Also, I started working the road as a State Patrol Inspector in April 2018.
My Name is Heather, I am 26 years old and work at Rural Mutual Insurance in Marketing. My hobbies are playing volleyball, basketball, hanging out with my friends and being outside. My favorite job was being a basketball coach for Freshman Girls! I have also worked as a substitute teacher for elementary students. I used to be a girl scout back in the day :)
Hi. I work well with girls. I do not run with scissors. I have strong Girl Scout program experience.
I completed an internship with the Madison Police Department in the forensic unit in the summer of 2016 which is where I was introduced to CampHERO! I graduated from UW-Whitewater in 2017 with a Bachelor's degree in Criminology and was hired by Janesville Police Department in 2019.
Morning anchor at WKOW. I love volunteering and helping the community!
I have worked for the Madison Fire Department Administration for 20 years. I have an Associate Degree in Commercial Art and enjoy creating fine art as well as graphic design.
My name isMcKenzie, “4”, and I am a firefighter with the City of Fitchburg Fire Department. I graduated from UW Platteville in 2013 while playing Basketball for the UWP Pioneers Women’s Basketball Team.
I am married, with twins on the way, and a step-daughter and just bought a new house a few months ago in preparation for our rapidly growing family!!
Born and raised in Colombia. Studied Law at the University of Medellin. Associate's Degree in Criminal Justice at Madison College and Bachelor's Degree in Law Enforcement Administration at Ashford University. Currently working for the Madison Police Department. I speak English and Spanish. My hobbies are photography and video editing and playing video games.
Hello everyone! My name is Jenna Furger and I am currently an EMT trainee on New Glarus Area EMS as well as a firefighter on New Glarus Fire Department. My full-time career is in event planning and international relations at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. I am a UW-Stevens Point alumni and love traveling the world, scuba diving, continuing my education and exploring state parks with my 4 year old German Shepherd, Suka.
I have done a total of 9 years in the fire and EMS services. 6 years with the US Marines as an aircraft fire rescue specialist and 4 years with the Madison WI fire department as a Firefighter and EMT. The reason why I wanted to become a firefighter was because I was raised in a family of firefighters. I got to see how much they helped in times when the family was the most in need. Lastly I loved how much the fire fighter gave back to the community no mater if it was during work hours or not.