Meet Golden Valley Firefighter Tim Gerrits

Tim Gerrits has been a Golden Valley firefighter for 20 years. After moving here from Wisconsin, he initially joined to meet new friends and neighbors. But it is an experience like no other, he says.

"I have seen and done things some people can only dream of," says Gerrits, "like going into burning buildings, pulling people out of smashed autos, and driving a fire truck with the lights and siren going." He also manages hazardous materials and educates kids about the fire department.

"There’s just so much more to it than fighting fire," he adds. "By joining the department, you get a top-notch education about firefighting and EMS. And you’ll get to know a great group of people who will be your friends forever."