Meet Golden Valley Firefighter Ken Bence

Ken Bence though about being a firefighter since he was a kid, saying he's always been attracted to lights and sirens. In high school and after college, that (and an interest in health care) led him to a stint or two with volunteer ambulance and fire services. Once his kids were a little older, those same interests led him to the Golden Valley Fire Department.

"I love it," he says. He likes the people, the community involvement, the responsibilities of being a station captain, and the "toys." He also likes that firefighting has given him lots of opportunity for personal growth and leadership, and that it's very different from his profession and office work.

"I get a lot of pride working for a great department and a nice community," says Bence. "More people should do this."