A book can’t teach how personal it feels to look into a person’s eyes as you’re using the Jaws of Life to free them from their car. Or how to handle it when, despite your best efforts, you can’t save someone.
Tony was drawn to firefighting by his desire to help people. That ability to help has grown exponentially through the students he’s taught.
“There’s nothing more rewarding than a former student telling me that something they learned in my class helped them save a life,” he says.
The air smells different when it’s whipping past your face at 60 miles per hour.
Riding his Harley, exposed to the elements, there’s just nothing like that feeling of freedom, Tony says.
One day, he’ll hang up his turnout gear and trade them for a motorcycle helmet for good. But, until then, he’s dedicated to making the next generation of firefighters the best they can be.
It’s that selfless dedication that’s kept him going for so long.
“You’re not in it for yourself,” he says. “You’re there to help others.”