Meet Golden Valley Firefighter Steve Baker

Black Belt, SWAT team medic, former full-time paramedic, safety education specialist, and firefighter—with all this on his resume, Steve Baker still defines himself first and foremost as a father. “I don’t have hobbies,” says Baker. “My kids are my hobbies.”

When he’s not chasing down a fire, you may see him volunteering at local baseball events or driving his kids around in a minivan. He’s successfully balanced his family life with a career in firefighting for nine years, first as an on-call firefighter, and later as a full-time education specialist.

“When you have the ability to give back, you should give back,” says Baker. “I just see it that way.”