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Wednesday, April 7, 2010

We Are the World - Wednesday

Time for a shot of philanthropy!!!  

This week's do-gooder is none other than my old pal, Tim!!!  You've read his Facebook statuses and laughed your ass off.  Now it's time to get to know his heroic side! 

Tim Powell

Why am I featuring Tim, you ask?  Well, because he ROCKS!  And, he's decided to become a FEARLESS firefighter!!  What a job, folks.  I don't know how he does it.  But, I guess he's no stranger to heroism - Tim used to be a frickin' Marine, for goodness sake!  Saving lives is second nature!  

I asked Tim send me an email answering a couple of quick questions.  Here are his responses: 

Q: Why did you want to become a firefighter?

A: I wanted to be a firefighter because it's a pretty sweet job. You get to help people and you only work every third day.

Q: What was the "interview" like?  (If you call it that...)

A: The interview process sucked. It consisted of 8 steps, including a polygraph, a psychological interview, both written and oral, interviews by a couple of firefighters just to make sure they would want to be stationed with you...it's a long freacking process.

Q: How's training going?  (Tim's in the middle of the training process.  From the sounds of it, it's grueling.  His FB status yesterday: "I just had the toughest day of my life...so far...")

A: I have a blister the size of a quarter on each heel.  Training sucks. They try to intimidate you through yelling and playing mind games, but I have been through that before being in the marine corps, so I think it's actually kind of funny. They think they are going to break me but it's not going to happen.

Q: When are you done with training? 

A: Mid-July I think. Can't wait!!! But then starts the 16 weeks of EMT school :(  But when that's over, I'll be a firefighter/EMT.

Q: Are you regretting your decision? 

A:  Not at all, just looking forward to training being over. That's all.

Q: What are you looking forward to most about being a firefighter? 

A: Fighting fires.

Me: HA!

So, there you have it.  Inspiring words from a man who knows how to save lives.  Good stuff.  Let's all cross our fingers and say a little prayer for Tim - that he gets through training and can get to work!  

In the meantime, Tim - WE SALUTE YOU!!! 


Sandi said...

This is great Kristin! We are all so proud of Tim!

The Chicken's Consigliere said...

Good luck to Tim!

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