What made you want to be a volunteer firefighter?
Growing up, I actually wanted to be a cop. I always loved helping people. When I turned 13 I started hanging around the firehouse My dad did it, brother followed, so I carried on the tradition. I love it. It's a great job. The whole time I made a lot of friends, and emergency personnel has become a second family to me.
Personal question: what do you consider to be your strongest and weakest assets as it relates to the fire service?
My strong point is focus. Although there are times I'll get distracted or turn attention to something else, I'm able to complete an assignment with focus. My weakest point can probably be relatable among people and that's truck operations. Heights. Anything above 150 feet and I'll get an uneasy feeling, but I have to stay focused and come to my senses.
So I guess you'd agree that the least appealing aspect of your job is climbing that ladder. But then what would you say is the most appealing part of being a volunteer firefighter?
The most appealing part of the job is being able to help someone and see them smile even in the worst of times. And the adrenaline rush you get when those tones go off.
Any memorable moments or memories you'd like to share with us?
There's not too many I can disclose publicly, there are laws we have to follow when it comes to questions like that. However, I can say that I have enlightened people in their bad times.
Was there ever a time when you had second thoughts about putting on the suit?
There was one time. A few years ago I responded to my sister's accident. I was unaware at the time, I just figured it was another MVA. Arriving on scene and seeing her truck smashed to hell.. I don't know the emotions I began to feel. She was okay and all, but the day after was a little hard for me. But I got over it. It just goes to show that anything can happen and you just have to keep going.
Thank you for sharing that with us. What can you personally say about about the significance of people involvement in our community and the fire service alike?
It's great for people to be involved. Even if it's just having a lemonade stand on the sidewalk, every little thing affects the community somehow. It's good to see people working together. We all need to work together.
I absolutely agree with you. Well, Shayne, thank you for your time, it's much appreciated. Are their any closing comments you'd like to add before we conclude this sit-down interview?
Thanks for letting me be a part of your interview. Also to the people, remember to play your part in the community. Even if it's just picking up some trash or shoveling your neighbor's snow. Do what you can to support one another.