As long as I can remember I’ve loved fire trucks from the time I could run outside my house to my chain-link fence and watch some pass my house I was hooked. We lived on a major street and the firehouse was right around the corner.
As a child I could hear a siren from very far away. I could hear firetrucks leave the fire station and know within minutes if they were turning left to come up our street. Then I would sprint out of our house as fast as I could to watch them pass by.
As I got a little older I can usually tell anybody what type of firetruck was going to pass by our house. I can remember our family having company and I would hear a fire truck and storm through the living room while everybody was watching and all my parents would say is there’s a fire truck on the way and sure enough within a couple seconds they would hear what was coming and know that I was right.
From that time on my goal was to be a become a firefighter. I just didn’t know how to do it. To this day I’m still mesmerized and love fire trucks. At a young age when we were playing inside the house and if I heard a firetruck I’d run outside to see it.
When we were outside I would turn and look in the direction it was coming from usually tell where they were. Even my friend would comment that someday he’s got to be a firefighter and my dream came true the day I joined the Navy.
My parents would always take me to see a fire truck. The state fair would always come to Albuquerque in September and there is usually a huge display of our trucks there.
When I was young I would always be on the lookout for a TV show with firetrucks in it and they were few and far between until one night one night my mother surprised me! I was getting ready for bed and she called me into the living room, my father was on a hunting trip and so she let me stay up late to watch “Emergency”! I was hooked I loved that show and even though it was on a little bit later than my bedtime my mother would always let me watch it to this day I often still watch some of the reruns.
I believed it was so realistic and from my little knowledge of firefighting I thought it was. Looking back from what I know now it was somewhat of a more realistic show about firefighting. I would also watch various police shows and some of them even incorporated the show “Emergency” in with it.
But my love was always to become a firefighter. The best though was when a fire truck would pass by my house and if they turned down our street or across the street I would jump on my bike and follow them as fast as I could. And if we were in the car and one passed by us I would often ask my parents if we could follow it. I never knew it was illegal but my parents usually did it anyway. I love the fact that they inspired me to pursue my dreams to become a firefighter. I’m still amazed that I was able to do that for twenty years in the Navy. I would still love to be a firefighter but due to a back injury in the Navy that’s no longer a dream.