By David Conklin, Phelps Fire Department
I am a sixth-generation volunteer firefighter in Phelps. I have been around the fire service for 22 years. My dad was Fire Chief of the department for a while.
I got interested in the fire service through my dad and older brother. I wanted to help my community out and I thought what firefighters did on a daily basis was pretty cool. My older brother has been a volunteer firefighter close to 10 years now.
Both my dad and older brother are my role models and I look up to them every day since I was a little kid. I have been a volunteer firefighter going on six years now. I wouldn’t change it for anything.
Over the years, I have learned a lot about what it takes to be a firefighter. I have gone through a lot of hours of training and I am still learning every single day that I go on fire calls.
People in my department are willing to help me out if I have a question about anything. It helps me out knowing they are willing to help so I don’t get myself hurt on calls.
I am also a part of our county rope and water rescue teams. That also adds more stuff to do while I am a volunteer firefighter.
I get asked every single day why I am a volunteer firefighter. I say I chose to be one because my family has been serving for many years and I am willing to help out my community in any way possible.
It makes me feel good inside that I get to help people out every single day. I am going to keep on being a volunteer firefighter until I no longer serve.