Firefighters’ Bucket Brigade Spotlight on Rick Race

When local fire departments heard the Red Cross needed help raising funds they stepped up to support the efforts. Local firefighters and Red Cross volunteers have partnered together to ask the community to “invest in the positive” at the Firefighter’s Bucket Brigade for the Red Cross on Thursday, May 27, from 5pm to 8pm. These dedicated partners, that support their neighbors in times of disaster, are partnering up to ask their community to be Heroes during this fundraiser.

We always want to know more about our heroes and partners, so we asked Rick Race a few questions. Rick, Assistant Chief and Training Officer, has been a volunteer fire fighter for 13 years. The first ten were with the Village of Howard Fire Department and now he is with the town of Abrams Fire Department.

When did you know you wanted to be a firefighter?About 14 years ago, after talking to a friend about his experience with the Howard fire department.

What do most people not know about your job? The amount of hours of training it takes to be a volunteer fire fighter.

What are you most proud of? The fact fact that I give back to the community by being there when they need me. Also the training we do in the local grade school.

Why are you volunteering to participate in the Firefighters’ Bucket Brigade? The Red Cross is always there when we call for the victims and for us so its my way of giving back for all they do.

What have you learned about the Red Cross by working with them? That there is a lot more going on behind the scene than anyone knows. Like the amount of time the volunteers put in to help people they don’t even know.

Who’s your Hero? And why? My dad, For teaching me to be a person and helping when needed.

Thank you, Rick! Our community is grateful that there are people like you who will help when needed. You can spot Rick and more of our heroes from the town of Abrams Fire Department on Thursday, May 27 at Abrams Shell Station, County D and Sampson Rd. In addition to hosting, the Abrams Shell Station will be selling brats with 50 cents from each sold being donated to the Red Cross.

You can spot our Heroes at the following locations on Thursday, May 27 from 5 PM to 8 PM:

  • Abrams Shell Station, County D and Sampson Rd, supported by Abrams Fire Department
  • Bay Park Square Mall, 2401 S. Oneida St, supported by Ashwaubenon Fire Department
  • Copps Food Center, 1819 Main St.,  supported by Green Bay East Fire Department
  • Copps Food Center, 2064 Lime Kiln Rd,  supported by Bellevue Fire Department
  • Green Bay Plaza, on corner of West Mason and Military,  supported by Green Bay West Fire Department
  • Infinity Wireless, 975 Main St, by Festival Foods in De Pere supported by De Pere Fire Department
  • Olsen’s Piggly Wiggly, 2465 Lineville Rd, supported by Howard Fire Department
  • Suamico Pro Bowl, 2310 Lineville Rd, supported by Suamico Fire Department
  • Super Ron’s Food Center, 960 Country Rd B, supported by Pulaski Fire Department

Firefighters’ Bucket Brigade Spotlight on Bruce Brzeczkowski

When local fire departments heard the Red Cross needed help raising funds they stepped up to support the efforts. Local firefighters and Red Cross volunteers have partnered together to ask the community to “invest in the positive” at the Firefighter’s Bucket Brigade for the Red Cross on Thursday, May 27, from 5pm to 8pm. These dedicated partners, that support their neighbors in times of disaster, are partnering up to ask their community to be Heroes during this fundraiser.

We always want to know more about our heroes and partners, so we talked to Bruce Brzeczkowski, Captain and Secretary for the Pulaski Fire Department. He’s been with the Fire Department for about twenty years.

When did you know you wanted to be a firefighter? I knew basically out of high school. We had a fire back when I was a senior in high school. I knew then that it was something I wanted to help the community out with after seeing what they did. I just want to help people. That’s my main goal.

What do most people not know about your job? They see us on the fire scene but there is a lot of clean up after and a lot of things behind the scenes that make the Fire Department run including many hours of training that go in to being a volunteer firefighter.

What are you most proud of? I’m most proud of being on the department with the other guys, the relationship built with other members and helping the community. You hate to see anybody have a fire but we work together to help people out.

Why are you volunteering to participate in the Firefighters’ Bucket Brigade? The Red Cross helps us out when we need them. We appreciate the good job they do and the timely manner they do it in.

What have you learned about the Red Cross by working with them? How much dedication and time they put in, which means a lot to us.

Who’s your Hero? And why? Good question. I looked up to Fire Chief Frank Wichalz, who has passed on. I looked up to him quite a bit because of the hours he put in and the commitment he had to the fire department. I don’t really have a hero in particular. I have always had a lot of respect for him and a lot of respect for our chiefs and other members of the department.

Thank you Bruce for your time and dedication

You can spot our Heroes at the following locations on Thursday, May 27 from 5 PM to 8 PM:

  • Abrams Shell Station, County D and Sampson Rd, supported by Abrams Fire Department
  • Bay Park Square Mall, 2401 S. Oneida St, supported by Ashwaubenon Fire Department
  • Copps Food Center, 1819 Main St.,  supported by Green Bay East Fire Department
  • Copps Food Center, 2064 Lime Kiln Rd,  supported by Bellevue Fire Department
  • Green Bay Plaza, on corner of West Mason and Military,  supported by Green Bay West Fire Department
  • Infinity Wireless, 975 Main St, by Festival Foods in De Pere supported by De Pere Fire Department
  • Olsen’s Piggly Wiggly, 2465 Lineville Rd, supported by Howard Fire Department
  • Suamico Pro Bowl, 2310 Lineville Rd, supported by Suamico Fire Department
  • Super Ron’s Food Center, 960 Country Rd B, supported by Pulaski Fire Department

AMERICAN RED CROSS OFFERS LIFESAVING SKILLS FOR FAMILIES PLANNING WATER-RELEATED ACTITIVIES THIS SUMMER

Recent Red Cross survey finds nearly half of people experience near-drowning scare during their lifetime

A new survey conducted by the American Red Cross shows the importance of water safety skills, with half of those surveyed saying they have had a near-drowning experience in their lifetime. The survey found that 48 percent reported a near-drowning experience, and nearly 1 in 3 said they had a near-drowning scare between the ages of 5 and 15. The national survey of 1,002 adults was conducted in late March in advance of the summer to assess the water activity plans of families and their water safety knowledge and training.

The Red Cross survey found more than 90 percent of people planning to participate in water-related activities this summer. Nearly half of parents—with children between the ages of 3 and 17—plan to engage in water-related activities where no lifeguard would be on duty. The survey of 1,002 adults was conducted in late March in advance of the summer to assess the water activity plans of families and their water safety knowledge and training.

“More than ever, with so many families planning unsupervised water-related activities, the Red Cross is urging families to learn how to swim and be safe in and around water..,” says Sarah Kerbel, Health and Safety Community Coordinator.

According to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on water-related injuries1., the drowning rate in the United States averages nine people per day with a quarter of fatal drownings involving children 14 and younger. This is why Red Cross recommends swimming in areas supervised by a lifeguard. If no lifeguard is on duty, designate an adult as a “water watcher,” someone who maintains constant supervision of children around any water no matter how well they can swim or how shallow the water.

While we are all looking forward to a summer of fun with our family and friends, it’s important to remember that most water-related accidents can be avoided by following a few simple safety guidlines,” says Kerbel. “Everyone should know how to swim well, follow the rules of the area they are swimming in and always have a buddy.  We can help families stay safe by teaching skills through our swimming and water safety program that teaches children and adults to how to swim skillfully and safely.”

The Red Cross survey also found that nearly one in three parents (30 percent) believe that “floaties” are better than supervision. The Red Cross stresses that floaties cannot be used as a substitute for appropriate supervision. 

Water safety is also important for pool owners as almost 10 percent of people surveyed had experiences where they nearly drowned in a private pool.  Pool owners should know what equipment to have on hand and what to do in case of an emergency to make the home pool or hot tub environment as safe as possible.

Red Cross is urging your family safe to stay this summer with these few simple tips and by contacting your local Red Cross to obtain additional information on water safety: 

•  Learn to swim well.  Contact your local Red Cross Chapter at http://www.newredcross.org for information on learning how to swim — nearly 3 million people learn to swim each year with Red Cross programs.

•  Never leave children unattended near water—not even for a moment! Adults should practice “reach supervision,” which means to always be within arm’s length when a young child is near water.  For older children–even adults–who are not strong swimmers, practice “active” or constant supervision and make sure they wear U.S. Coast Guard approved personal flotation devices (PFDs) whenever in or around the water.

•  Know how to respond to an emergency. You should know how to tell if a swimmer is in distress or is drowning and how and when to call for emergency help. You should also learn how to help someone in trouble in water while keeping safe yourself.  Do not create a situation where you become a victim as well! Enroll in Red Cross water safety, first aid and CPR courses to learn what to do.

•  Keep lifesaving gear handy. Always have on hand a ring buoy, life jacket, rope, pole or other object that can be used to help a person in trouble. Remember to have a first aid kit, cordless phone and emergency contact information by the pool.

•  Know when it’s too dangerous. If you, or someone you are swimming with, appear to be too cold, too far from safety, been exposed to too much sun, or had too much strenuous activity, it is time to head for shore or signal for help.

•  Eliminate temptation. Backyard pools should have self-closing, self-latching gates that remain locked when the pool is not being used. Kiddie pools should be emptied and toys removed immediately after use. Empty water pales and buckets so small children cannot fall in and drown.

•  Know what you’re getting into. Check local tides, currents and other conditions which could be dangerous before entering open bodies of water.

For more information, class locations, dates and to register for Red Cross Learn to Swim, water safety, first aid and CPR classes contact www.newredcross.org

Survey Methodology

The telephone survey of 1,002 U.S. adults 18 years and older on March 20-23, conducted by CARAVAN®, Opinion Research Corporation.  Margin of error is +/- 3.1 percent at the 95% confidence level.

1 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Water-Related Injuries: Fact Sheet. http://www.cdc.gov/ncipc/factsheets/drown.htm

About the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and counsels victims of disasters; provides nearly half of the nation’s blood supply; teaches lifesaving skills; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its humanitarian mission. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org or join our blog at www.redcrosschat.org.

The Northeast Wisconsin American Red Cross is a regional grouping of six chapters serving 19 counties with a mission to prevent, prepare for and respond to disasters throughout the East Central Wisconsin, Fond du Lac County, Lakeland, Manitowoc/Calumet, Neenah-Menasha and Outagamie Chapters. To learn more about Red Cross programs, volunteer opportunities, and how you can help, contact the Northeast region at 920-231-3590 or visit www.NewRedCross.org

Firefighters’ Bucket Brigade Spotlight on Wyatt Wisnefske

When local fire departments heard the Red Cross needed help raising funds they stepped up to support the efforts. Local firefighters and Red Cross volunteers have partnered together to ask the community to “invest in the positive” at the Firefighter’s Bucket Brigade for the Red Cross on Thursday, May 27, from 5pm to 8pm. These dedicated partners, that support their neighbors in times of disaster, are partnering up to ask their community to be Heroes during this fundraiser.

We always want to know more about our heroes and partners, so we asked a few questions of Wyatt Wisnefske, a firefighter/engineer with the Village of Howard Fire Department.

When did you know you wanted to be a firefighter? In my early 20’s

What do most people not know about your job? The amount of time and dedication that is involved with becoming a Firefighter.

What are you most proud of? I am proud of serving on the Howard Fire Dept. We have a dedicated group of firefighters, and Officers and are very fortunate to have outstanding support by the citizens we serve and protect.

Why are you volunteering to participate in the Firefighters’ Bucket Brigade? I feel it is a very good cause, and I am happy to do anything I can to help maintain the services that the Red Cross offers.

What have you learned about the Red Cross by working with them? They are a very caring organization.

Who’s your Hero? And why? My Heroes are anyone who serves in Public Safety & US Military.  I believe it takes special people to fill these roles.

Thanks for your help, Wyatt. You will find Wyatt and other dedicated fire fighters from the Village of Howard Fire Department on Thursday, May 27 at Olsen’s Piggly Wiggly, 2465 Lineville Rd.

You can spot our Heroes at the following locations on Thursday, May 27 from 5 PM to 8 PM:

  • Abrams Shell Station, County D and Sampson Rd, supported by Abrams Fire Department
  • Bay Park Square Mall, 2401 S. Oneida St, supported by Ashwaubenon Fire Department
  • Copps Food Center, 1819 Main St.,  supported by Green Bay East Fire Department
  • Copps Food Center, 2064 Lime Kiln Rd,  supported by Bellevue Fire Department
  • Green Bay Plaza, on corner of West Mason and Military,  supported by Green Bay West Fire Department
  • Infinity Wireless, 975 Main St, by Festival Foods in De Pere supported by De Pere Fire Department
  • Olsen’s Piggly Wiggly, 2465 Lineville Rd, supported by Howard Fire Department
  • Suamico Pro Bowl, 2310 Lineville Rd, supported by Suamico Fire Department
  • Super Ron’s Food Center, 960 Country Rd B, supported by Pulaski Fire Department


Pulaski Fire Fighters Kick off Bucket Brigade with a preview at Smurawa’s Country Bakery

On Saturday May 22, Smurawa’s Country Bakery hosted Pulaski Fire fighters and Red Cross volunteers for a preview event of the Firefighters’ Bucket Brigade on May 27, which will have several area fire departments and locations participating in the event to raise funds and awareness for local Red Cross services.

Greg Smurawa, member of the Pulaski Fire Department, volunteered to host the event at the bakery for a second time because he recognizes the importance of the services the Red Cross provides and the importance of the community to have an organization like the Red Cross to call on. He says, “everyone can tie the Red Cross to blood drives but unfortunately very rarely do people see the other needs and services of the Red Cross in the community.”

Greg says it was a great opportunity for people to meet the Red Cross outside of an emergency event. It was an opportunity, “for our customers gaining recognition and education while it was also for the Red Cross and fire department the opportunity to get out and meet the community face to face when its not an emergency situation. Its always a win-win for both sides.”

Bruce Brzeczkowski, Captain at Pulaski Fire Department, says the best part of the day was talking and meeting with people he might not normally get a chance to talk with while helping the community build a relationship with the fire department. “There were a lot of people coming in and out and a lot of people putting money in the buckets and that’s what we want to see.”

Judy Gregory, Emergency Services Director, says the community support and smells from the bakery were wonderful. All proceeds from packages of donuts were also donated to the Red Cross by Smurawa’s Country Bakery and the with a $20 donation or more customers received a Firefighters’ Bucket Brigade t-shirt.

Fire fighters and Red Cross volunteers got to meet many people who came in and out of the busy bakery. Residents got to see an up-close view of the fire truck. Always on call, the fire truck and its fire fighters did have to leave suddenly but came back shortly to finish off the beautiful day in Pulaski.

You can spot our Heroes at the following locations on Thursday, May 27 from 5 PM to 8 PM:

  • Abrams Shell Station, County D and Sampson Rd, supported by Abrams Fire Department
  • Bay Park Square Mall, 2401 S. Oneida St, supported by Ashwaubenon Fire Department
  • Copps Food Center, 1819 Main St.,  supported by Green Bay East Fire Department
  • Copps Food Center, 2064 Lime Kiln Rd,  supported by Bellevue Fire Department
  • Green Bay Plaza, on corner of West Mason and Military,  supported by Green Bay West Fire Department
  • Infinity Wireless, 975 Main St, by Festival Foods in De Pere supported by De Pere Fire Department
  • Olsen’s Piggly Wiggly, 2465 Lineville Rd, supported by Howard Fire Department
  • Suamico Pro Bowl, 2310 Lineville Rd, supported by Suamico Fire Department
  • Super Ron’s Food Center, 960 Country Rd B, supported by Pulaski Fire Department

So What Does Investing in the Positive Mean to Red Cross Emergency Services?

As part of the Heroes Fundraising Campaign, local heroes are partnering together for the Firefighter’s Bucket Brigade for the Red Cross on Thursday, May 27 to ask neighbors to invest in the positive. To Red Cross Emergency Services, investing in the positive means helping neighbors help neighbors. Donations to the Red Cross support Emergency Services programs that play a vital role locally.

“The money raised from this event will be utilized to have funds available to support the immediate needs of families impacted by local disasters,” says Steve Maricque, Executive Director. “We are able to provide families shelter, clothing and food. The funds raised make that help possible.”

Between July 1, 2008 and June 30, 2009 Lakeland Chapter Emergency Services responded to 67 incidents helping 193 families with a total of 448 individuals. They have also provided mass care for 455 emergency workers.

The Lakeland Chapter serves an eight county area: Brown, Door, Kewaunee, Marinette, Menominee (WI), Oconto, Shawano and Menominee (MI). There are over 450,000 people living within this jurisdiction that covers 5,746 square miles.

To serve the area, a dedicated team of Red Cross volunteers is trained to assist individuals who have been affected by disaster. “They need to be prepared that the disaster can happen at anytime and be ready to go at a moment’s notice,” says Jess Delaurelle, Disaster Volunteer from Green Bay.

“The disaster team is important because they are one of the first contacts that are made with a family to meet their immediate needs of food, clothing and lodging,” says Jess.

When needed, the  Red Cross also feeds emergency workers, handles inquiries from concerned family members outside the disaster area, provides blood and blood products to hospitals treating disaster victims, and helps those affected by disaster to access other available resources.

Val Szymanski, Disaster Volunteer from Little Suamico, can relate to some of the emotions felt by individuals who have experienced disaster; having personally been through two fires.

“You can give them food, shelter, and clothing but you’re not replacing what they lost,” says Val. Working on the disaster team is not always easy because you are helping people at their worst moment. It’s hard but it’s important to walk away knowing you made a difference.

Fire Chief Randy Wichalz has been with the Pulaski Fire Department for 35 years so he has memories of working with the Red Cross that go way back. The membership of the Pulaski Fire Department was happy to oblige when it was called upon to help with the fundraiser. “Whenever we’ve had a major fire we call them.”

“Its nice to have an organization like that to depend on,” says Fire Chief Randy Wichalz. “It’s easy for us to call the Red Cross for help but it was time to give something back.”

Investing in the positive means helping heroes in our community. Jess says she admires the dedication of Red Cross employees and volunteers. “No matter what is needed, someone is always there to help without concern of what they are getting in return.”

Firefighters’ Bucket Brigade Spotlight on CJ Brodbeck

When local fire departments heard the Red Cross needed help raising funds they stepped up to support the efforts. Local firefighters and Red Cross volunteers have partnered together to ask the community to “invest in the positive” at the Firefighter’s Bucket Brigade for the Red Cross on Thursday, May 27, from 5pm to 8pm. These dedicated partners, that support their neighbors in times of disaster, are partnering up to ask their community to be Heroes during this fundraiser.

We always want to know more about our heroes and partners, so we asked CJ Brodbeck a few questions. For the past 4 years CJ has been a Fire fighter and public educator at the Suamico Fire Department.

When did you know you wanted to be a firefighter? My involvement with the department was accidental. I graduated college with a degree in police science and through friends was introduced to it. From there I fell in love with it.

What do most people not know about your job? Not many people understand the prep work that goes into setting up an event including anything from a simple talk to a grade school class, or a village wide open house.

What are you most proud of? I’m most proud of my entire Dept. with all the training issues in the fire service right now something like (90%) of my Dept. is trained to a level 3 times of what is recommended by the fire commission. This comes with considerable time and involvement by each member.

Why are you volunteering to participate in the Firefighters’ Bucket Brigade? As long as I can remember the Disaster Volunteers have been at every major event not only for the victims, but also for us in the fire service so its nice to be able to assist them for a change.

What have you learned about the Red Cross by working with them? The Red Cross is made up of a bunch of folks that love their community as much as I do. Which is why we all do, what we do.

Who’s your Hero? And why? My hero would have to be my older brother. Apart from being a military veteran and excellent single dad, he always seems to be there when I have needed him.

Thank you CJ, for your love of your community. You can spot CJ and more of our heroes from the Suamico Fire Department on Thursday, May 27 at Suamico Pro Bowl, 2310 Lineville Rd.

You can spot our Heroes at the following locations on Thursday, May 27 from 5 PM to 8 PM:

  • Abrams Shell Station, County D and Sampson Rd, supported by Abrams Fire Department
  • Bay Park Square Mall, 2401 S. Oneida St, supported by Ashwaubenon Fire Department
  • Copps Food Center, 1819 Main St.,  supported by Green Bay East Fire Department
  • Copps Food Center, 2064 Lime Kiln Rd,  supported by Bellevue Fire Department
  • Green Bay Plaza, on corner of West Mason and Military,  supported by Green Bay West Fire Department
  • Infinity Wireless, 975 Main St, by Festival Foods in De Pere supported by De Pere Fire Department
  • Olsen’s Piggly Wiggly, 2465 Lineville Rd, supported by Howard Fire Department
  • Suamico Pro Bowl, 2310 Lineville Rd, supported by Suamico Fire Department
  • Super Ron’s Food Center, 960 Country Rd B, supported by Pulaski Fire Department

Our heroes from the Pulaski Fire Department will also be at Smurawa Bakery, 204 East Pulaski St., on Saturday May 22, from 7 am – Noon.

A Volunteer is Worth $20.85 An Hour

The estimated dollar value of volunteer time for 2009 is $20.85 per hour, according to nonprofit association group Independent Sector. This represents a 60 cent increase over the previous year.

According to the Independent Sector website, “The estimate helps acknowledge the millions of individuals who dedicate their time, talents, and energy to making a difference. Charitable organizations can use this estimate to quantify the enormous value volunteers provide.

According to the Corporation for National and Community Service, about 61.8 million Americans, or 26.4 percent of the adult population, gave 8 billion hours of volunteer service worth $162 billion in 2008 (the 2009 numbers will be released on June 15).”

More on how this number is calculated and state-by-state breakdowns, and historic value trends is available from Independent Sector’s website at: http://www.independentsector.org/volunteer_time

Firefighters’ Bucket Brigade Spotlight: Joe Du Bois

When local fire departments heard the Red Cross needed help raising funds they stepped up to support the efforts. Local firefighters and Red Cross volunteers have partnered together to ask the community to “invest in the positive” at the Firefighter’s Bucket Brigade for the Red Cross on Thursday, May 27, from 5pm to 8pm. These dedicated partners, that support their neighbors in times of disaster, are partnering up to ask their community to be Heroes during this fundraiser.

We always want to know more about our heroes and partners, so we asked Joe Du Bois a few questions. Joe is a Captain/EMT at the Green Bay Fire Department and has been with the department for 28 years.

When did you know you wanted to be a firefighter? I never realized how much I wanted to be a firefighter until I went on my first call.

What do most people not know about your job? What it is really like to be in a fire.

What are you most proud of? Helping people

Why are you volunteering to participate in the Firefighters’ Bucket Brigade? I like being involved with local charity events.

What have you learned about the Red Cross by working with them? The Red Cross is always there when you need them.

Who’s your Hero? And why? My mother, She raised seven children, worked and always found time for all us.

It takes a hero to know a hero. Joe’s mother, Rosie, is amazing. You can spot our heroes from the Green Bay Fire Department at Copps Food Center, 1819 Main St. and at the Green Bay Plaza, on the corner of West Mason and Military.

You can spot our Heroes at the following locations on Thursday, May 27 from 5 PM to 8 PM:

  • Abrams Shell Station, County D and Sampson Rd, supported by Abrams Fire Department
  • Bay Park Square Mall, 2401 S. Oneida St, supported by Ashwaubenon Fire Department
  • Copps Food Center, 1819 Main St.,  supported by Green Bay East Fire Department
  • Copps Food Center, 2064 Lime Kiln Rd,  supported by Bellevue Fire Department
  • Green Bay Plaza, on corner of West Mason and Military,  supported by Green Bay West Fire Department
  • Infinity Wireless, 975 Main St, by Festival Foods in De Pere supported by De Pere Fire Department
  • Olsen’s Piggly Wiggly, 2465 Lineville Rd, supported by Howard Fire Department
  • Suamico Pro Bowl, 2310 Lineville Rd, supported by Suamico Fire Department
  • Super Ron’s Food Center, 960 Country Rd B, supported by Pulaski Fire Department

Our heroes from the Pulaski Fire Department will also be at Smurawa Bakery, 204 East Pulaski St., on Saturday May 22, from 7 am – Noon.

Firefighters’ Bucket Brigade; Spotlight on Shane Lestrud

When local fire departments heard the Red Cross needed help raising funds they stepped up to support the efforts. Local firefighters and Red Cross volunteers have partnered together to ask the community to “invest in the positive” at the Firefighter’s Bucket Brigade for the Red Cross on Thursday, May 27, from 5pm to 8pm. These dedicated partners, that support their neighbors in times of disaster, are partnering up to ask their community to be Heroes during this fundraiser.

We thought we would take a minute to get to know some of our partners a little better and ask them a few questions. Shane Lestrud volunteered his time and his answers. He’s been a firefighter/ engineer for a total of six years including the past three years with the Village of Howard Fire Department. Thanks Shane!

When did you know you wanted to be a firefighter? I knew at a very young age, maybe 5 years old, that I wanted to be a Firefighter. I still remember hanging out at the firehouse in the small Iowa town I grew up in; seeing all the trucks and watching the firefighters clean and prepare their equipment.

What do most people not know about your job/role? Most people only think that we put out fires. Although putting out fires is a large part of our job, we also assist with medical calls, vehicle accidents, and public education for all ages.

What are you most proud of? I feel most proud of being able to help and give back to the community we serve. There is no better feeling then when a child or adult tells you thank you for what you do.

Why are you volunteering to participate in the Firefighters’ Bucket Brigade? The American Red Cross is a much needed organization and help people for a wide variety of reasons whether it be the loss of a home due to fire, a natural disaster, or even providing transportation to people in need of assistance. They rely on donations to help support their programs, that is why I am volunteering to help raise money for their programs.

What have you learned about the Red Cross by working with them? I have learned that they do more then help people/families in need after a fire or disaster. They have very hard working individuals that volunteer their time to help others in need.

Who’s your Hero? And why? I can’t say I have just one hero, I have many heroes. From our Fire Chief to our newest firefighters, they all work hard to provide our community the best protection; they are all heroes in my eyes.

Shane Lestrud and other volunteers from the Village of Howard Fire Department will be at Olsen’s Piggly Wiggly, 2465 Lineville Rd on Thursday, May 27.

You can spot our Heroes at the following locations on Thursday, May 27 from 5 PM to 8 PM:

  • Abrams Shell Station, County D and Sampson Rd, supported by Abrams Fire Department
  • Bay Park Square Mall, 2401 S. Oneida St, supported by Ashwaubenon Fire Department
  • Copps Food Center, 1819 Main St.,  supported by Green Bay East Fire Department
  • Copps Food Center, 2064 Lime Kiln Rd,  supported by Bellevue Fire Department
  • Green Bay Plaza, on corner of West Mason and Military,  supported by Green Bay West Fire Department
  • Infinity Wireless, 975 Main St, By Festival Foods in De Pere supported by De Pere Fire Department
  • Olsen’s Piggly Wiggly, 2465 Lineville Rd, supported by Howard Fire Department
  • Suamico Pro Bowl, 2310 Lineville Rd, supported by Suamico Fire Department
  • Super Ron’s Food Center, 960 Country Rd B, supported by Pulaski Fire Department

Our heroes from the Pulaski Fire Department will also be at Smurawa Bakery, 204 East Pulaski St., on Saturday May 22, from 7 am – Noon.