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I started my membership with the Wheaton Volunteer Rescue Squad in December of 2007, as a Cadet Member. I had just turned 16 years old, and was a sophomore in high school.

From the first time I stepped into the station for a ride along, I knew that this was my passion. The membership, leadership, and public safety in general, ignited a fire in me (no pun intended) that has stuck with me since that first day.

From the infancy of my membership with the Rescue Squad, I worked hard at it. I put a significant amount of time and effort into it. In fact, I had never worked so hard at anything in my life. I found myself totally immersed in becoming a better firefighter, and always training to make sure that I could live up to the high standards that had been set by members of WVRS since 1955.

Public safety and community involvement through the rescue squad became an enormous part of my life. In August of 2013, I began a career with the Montgomery County Department of Police as a Police Officer. I can honestly attribute my employment with them to the skills, character, and morals that I learned during my time with the Rescue Squad.

Over the years, my involvement with the Rescue Squad has, admittedly, slowed. I miss the days of being 19 years old, and riding the Rescue Squad 6 nights a week. I wouldn’t trade those experiences, good and bad, or those friendships, for anything in the world.

But, even now, having less free time, more outside responsibilities, and job related responsibilities, I find it impossible to leave. Even with a busy schedule, no matter what, I return to the Wheaton Volunteer Rescue Squad each week for duty. And along with me, so does every other member of the station.

Being a volunteer with the Wheaton Volunteer Rescue Squad has literally shaped and molded my life, and I am forever grateful to the Officers of the department, and the executive leadership who led me to where I stand today.

12 years ago, if you had told me that I would one day be a line officer for this department, I wouldn’t believe you. I wouldn’t believe that an organization, or group of officers could shape 16 year old me into one of those sharp, experienced, and respectable leaders to whom I so greatly admired.

As a line officer for the department now, I strive to be one of those same role models for younger members. If anybody can have the same experience as me, it will positively impact their life in major ways, and they will be capable of accomplishments and achievements that they never thought possible.

***Writing this was important enough to me to do it on vacation in Italy, so I am writing this on a tiny iPhone. Please excuse any typos***

Role:  Volunteer