Like many who don the uniform, fire service runs in Jon’s blood. His father and brother both volunteer, and Jon worked his way up from a junior firefighter to a paid position.
When he moved from western New York state to York City in 2012, the small-town firefighter felt like he’d arrived in a bustling city, with restaurants, shops and a vibrant downtown scene.
But beyond the amenities that York offered, Jon found he wasn’t so far from family after all.
“Even though I miss my family and friends in New York, York became home for me because of these guys,” Jon says. “It’s not just a job for us. We’re here for each other.”