Years in Emergency Services: 10 years in the 80’s, early 90’s (Plymouth/Swedesburg) & 9 months with Perkiomen.
Why did you join the emergency services? Huge sense of pride to the community. I was out of active service for quite a few years after moving to Collegeville while still actively following from afar. A tragic fire in our neighborhood earlier this year and a job change freed up additional time and drew me back in.
Favorite thing to do for training: Anything that involves putting my hands on the trucks whether it’s the steering wheels, drafting, filling air bottles, hydrant work, etc.
Best class you have taken: FFI as a young man and more recently, EVOT in Air 66 and Pump I but it’s constantly refreshing some of the skills that I learned long ago that will help me be more productive on the fireground moving forward.
What’s something you would pass along to the next generation of first responders? If you like excitement and have some time to spare, come to training nights and see what it’s all about. You’ll learn (safely) and help where you can. Eventually, have the chance to ride trucks to calls. Figure out if this is something you’d be interested in and if so, immerse yourself in it, take classes as soon as you are able and eventually earn your FFI interior helmet shield.
Favorite thing about Perkiomen Township Fire Company? I was welcomed and accepted by all as soon as I stepped foot in the door. It’s one big family and everyone from the most junior member to the Chief are always willing to help or answer questions. You won’t regret joining.
Some fun facts about yourself: Happily married for 33 years, two beautiful grown daughters. Soon to be a first-time grandfather. Huge Penn State, Eagles football fan. Love to spend time at our place outside of Ocean City NJ during the summertime.