Meet Golden Valley Firefighter Drew Gerling

Yes, he's a SCUBA diver. Yes, he's a private pilot. But Drew Gerling’s true hobby is helping people.

A financial planner by day, Gerling volunteers his piloting skills to fly non-critical patients to medical facilities. He’s also the only SCUBA instructor in the world certified to teach diving to people dependent on ventilators. The program, Diving A Dream, focuses on giving people with disabilities, such as Muscular Dystrophy and paralysis, the chance to SCUBA dive.

So it’s no surprise that when Gerling came to a Golden Valley Fire Department Open House and saw another chance to help people in his community, he went for it. He says he couldn’t be happier.