First of all, we want to thank all the firefighters who were nominated, who came in and told us about their jobs and what it's like to be a firefighter, and to all the firefighters and EMTs that help serve and protect our community on a daily basis.
We've really learned a lot about firefighters over the last 12 months. We had no idea all the training that's involved in being a firefighter, and how that training needs to be kept up on. We didn't know about all the different jobs firefighters can do from being EMTs to helping with scene support, to actually going into the burning buildings as interior firefighters.
Over the last year we've heard SO many amazing stories, learned about memorable moments our featured firefighters would share with us, and found out how many firefighters first got started in the firefighting community. Out of all the Firefighter Friday videos we shot in 2017, these were the Top 5 most viewed ones:
***You can also click on the title of each post on this list to get their full firefighting story.
Back in June, we got the opportunity to talk to Kevin Kalk, the Chief of the Barneveld Fire Department. Kevin has been a firefighter for 17 years and was first interested in becoming a firefighter because many members of his family have been involved in the firefighting community. During this "Firefighter Friday," Kevin told us about some of his most memorable moments, including being able to see "life go full-circle" while on the job.
Dad Inspires Daughter to Become a FirefighterJune 1, 2017
This is a wonderful story of two firefighters from the Stittville Fire Department. Lindsay Sutherland was the one to nominate her father, Bill Sutherland for "Firefighter Friday." She nominated him because he was the one to inspire her to join the firefighting service. Here's his story:
One of our first "Firefighter Fridays" took us to Dolgeville, to the Hilltop Volunteer Fire Company. We talked to "Skip" Avery who has been a firefighter for 44 years and is still going strong. He shared with us his traumatic first day on the job, such a heartbreaking story, we couldn't believe he stuck with firefighting. But he did, and continues to serve his community.
Meet Joe Inglis, the Chief of the Clayville Fire Department. Joe shared with us his firefighting journey and some of the hardest parts about being a firefighter. He even went into detail about all the things that happen behind-the-scenes of the fire station. Joe told us about all the paperwork, the training, and everything else. He also told us about the "Call of Duty," which you can see in the video below:
This was definitely one of the best "Firefighter Friday" interviews we got to take a part in. What can we say about Neil, aka "SUDS" Sutherland of the Stittville Fire Department? Suds is one of the most generous people we've ever had the privilege of talking to. He has been a firefighter for over 50 years, and unfortunately, this year he was diagnosed with cancer... Cancer that is a direct result of all his years as a firefighter. But even with that diagnosis, he is still involved in the firefighting community. Hear his unbelievable and moving story in the video below: