[As seen in Creston News Advertiser, December 3, 2015]
Every day is a trying time at Creston Fire Department, but recently, it’s been more challenging than usual.
Two of my fellow firefighters are battling severe illness and injury, and we as a department have been doing all we can to help them and their families through it all.
Continue reading Girl on Fire: Benefit to be held for local firefighters
[As seen in Creston News Advertiser, July 7, 2015]
First, before I start in on my column’s main focus, I’d like to wish my coworker Jake Waddingham all the best as he continues his education at Iowa State University. I truly hope he reaches his goals!
Now, I want to apologize to the police officer I nearly hit Saturday evening.
Continue reading Girl on Fire: Control the uncontrolled intersections
[As seen in Creston News Advertiser, May 7, 2015]
Last weekend I had the opportunity to see a modern production of “The Lion King” Saturday at the Des Moines Civic Center.
That was probably one of the best productions I’ve ever seen.
Continue reading Girl on Fire: Musical, races make for great weekend
[As seen in Creston News Advertiser, October 3, 2013]
I climbed the ladder and stepped onto a roof of wooden shingles and moss. The slant made it hard to climb, as did the uncertainty of whether the wood would give. I followed firefighters Lee Freeman and Jake Winkler up near the peak, and Jake and I got to work.
Lee gave me the choice between a chainsaw or K12 power saw. I chose the K12, but after it kept dying, I picked up the chainsaw.
Continue reading Girl on Fire: Appreciating what firefighters do
[As seen in Creston News Advertiser, August 15, 2013]
I have some big news! Monday, I responded and participated in my first-ever, real-life fire.
Responding to a call is always an adrenaline rush. I ran in, tossed my sandals off, borrowed a fellow firefighter’s extra pair of socks and jumped in my turnout gear, stuffing my dress down into the pants.
The page went out approximately 4:15 p.m. I took off and got to Creston Fire Department. In the middle of putting my gear on, another page went out for Creston firefighters to disregard the first page, but dispatch called the department to tell us to remain on standby.
We ended up going with the brush truck and Ranger.
Continue reading Girl on Fire: My first real-life fire