After being laid off from my firefighter/paramedic position in 2013 due to reductions in personnel, I had to find a backup plan to take care of my family. I wasn't sure what the future held for my fire service career. I decided to finish my degree and get into real estate services while I continued to pursue the FD position. I was persistent enough to get back in the fire service and am now back on the job in the north suburbs of Chicago.
I have also kept working in the real estate industry since the layoff. Recently, I decided to open my own company. The plan is to bring the benefits of the private sector back to the public employee. I have learned a lot about the real estate industry and decided, instead of giving commissions back to corporate America, I'll give them back to the consumer.
As a firefighter/paramedic for over 10 years, married to a teacher, and with 3 amazing kids, I understand that helping each other out is a part of our culture.