Meet Golden Valley Firefighter Josh Richardson

Josh Richardson learned firefighting on a submarine in the Navy and thought of it as a job—"everyone had to do the safety stuff for survival." When a friend became a firefighter years later, he began to appreciate the community service aspect. He became a firefighter himself and soon discovered a new passion.

"I truly love it," Richardson says. "I always say, 'Work pays the bills, but this is my real job.' When I look back, I wish I had started this earlier."

What Richardson missed most about the military was the camaraderie. "That’s what drew me in," he says. "I missed belonging to a great group of people and knowing we'll always have each others' backs." He's also found it rewarding to get involved in the community. "I like them knowing we're here to help."