Firefighter/paramedic Jared Swafford was raised in the firehouse. The O’Fallon Fire Protection District firehouse, to be precise.
“I’ve been wanting to follow in my dad’s footsteps since I was little,” he says. “My dad has been a firefighter for 30ish years now. I have grown up in the firehouse and have known since the first grade this is the profession I want to do.
“I have always looked up to my dad because I have always wanted to be a firefighter just like him. Now to be able to accomplish that and be able to work with him is a very good feeling.”
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Like so many in the fire service, firefighter/paramedic Joe Sughero was drawn to the career by the camaraderie and the chance to be there for the community he calls home.
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Firefighter/paramedic Riley Schmidt grew up around the fire service and says while he originally went to school for engineering, he’s glad he made the decision to change career paths.
“I couldn’t imagine doing anything else,” the Flint Hill native says.
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Firefighter/paramedic Nick Mensio grew up admiring the first responders at work in his grandmother’s neighborhood.
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They say follow your dreams. Firefighter/paramedic Nick Woolbright did that — literally!
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Firefighter/paramedic Greg Bewig joined the fire service for two simple reasons: To help others in an emergency and to put out fires.
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Join us Feb. 18 for A Night At The Races, benefiting the St. Baldrick’s Foundation! Hosted by O’Fallon Firefighters Community Outreach.
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