Six brave young men joined the ranks of the all-volunteer Big Horn County Fire District No. 1 crew, all sharing the common goal of wanting to help their community. The men come from diverse backgrounds from auto mechanics to law enforcement officers.
“Giving back to the community is something I’ve always wanted to do,” said Tyler Stahl, who works for Haliburton.
“I watched my uncle do this for years and listened to his stories about fighting fires and decided it was something I wanted to do,” said Seth Mayes who works as a mechanic in the Mayes family business.
Stahl and Mayes are joined by police officer Matt Koritnik, Big Horn County Sheriff’s deputy Roger Haney, automotive service manager Brandon Jolley and Marathon Oil worker Craig Winterholler as newly inducted members of the all-volunteer fire crew. Many of the companies where they are employed allow them to respond to calls even when they are on duty at work. Many are following in the footsteps of their father or another close relative. Others are following in the footsteps of close friends.
The men began their training program a month ago and some have already responded to their first fires. Stahl said responding to his first fire was “awesome.” Many of the other men expressed similar excitement about being on the crew. The department currently boasts 29 volunteers and is considered one of the best in the state.
By Patti Carpenter