SOUTH CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK) – South Charleston probationary firefighters, Mat Neil and Joshua Huffman, have finally made it to their first call.
We have followed along with the two men from their days in the classroom to their first battle with live burns. Now the two are working in the community living out lifelong dreams.
“I caught myself the other day looking outside that window right there thinking I’m riding in a firetruck for a job, best day ever,” says Neil.
Huffman tells us, “There are sometimes I still wake up and go ‘huh I am getting paid to do this’ it’s a dream come true.”
These days you can catch the two at the fire station on shift, or at a local school or community event. Community involvement is something the SCFD strongly believes in.
Neil says, “You don’t realize who is watching until you have kids come up and say ‘hey I saw you,’ and we met a kid over in Kroger when we were going to get our dinner and she remembered me. That’s humbling. That is very humbling.”
These two men have worked hard and are now role models in the community. They now have the chance to inspire the kids they once were and have a message for everyone with big dreams.
“Follow your dreams, if this is what you want to do, work at it. Don’t give up. It took me ten years. Eleven years to do this. Don’t ever give up,” says Neil with a smile on his face.
Huffman adds, “Tell those kids go for it. Don’t let anybody try to stop you or judge you.”
These are the newest first responders in the South Charleston community.