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Randy Gates – Northern Nevada Firefighters Random Acts of Kindness

IMG_5977Childhood Cancer, a tragedy that strikes children at all different times in their lives.  The battle can be a fight that ends in grief for a family or a sigh of relief for the survivor.  Either way, there are organizations across the world working to make the fight more bearable while ensuring the children continue as normal lives as possible.  In Reno, Nevada, firefighters are joining forces to promote Northern Nevada Firefighters Random Acts of Kindness. For Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District, the one behind all the kindness, is Fire Captain Randall Gates.

A leader not only in the Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District but at St. Baldrick’s.  Through his leadership and passion to the cause, Randall Gates and twenty other members of the district shaved their heads for those brave children.  Together they raised over $3,000 to help support Children’s Cancer treatment and research.  With hopes to make the event even bigger, with more money raised next year.

But St. Baldrick’s is only one little piece of Randall Gates and the Northern Nevada Firefighters Random Acts of Kindness.  He’s working diligently to recruit other fire departments and firefighters to give back to the community in which they live.  Whether it be through station tours, fundraisers, or helping the older generations shovel snow.  Giving back to the community is the ultimate outcome. Randy recognizes the roll he and the others play in the community.  They are leaders at heart.

What I find to be the most fascinating, is the leadership that has emerged.  People look up to Randy because of the leader he is.  So inherently, more and more people have  stepped up to the plate and participated in random acts of kindness. Randy Gates is a leader to other leaders in our community.  Inspiring others to promote the cause they are passionate about.  Do you know a firefighter in your community involved in Random Acts of Kindness?  Please share your comments below.


Ian Satterfield – Giving Back to Children with Cancer

Ian and LeslieIan Satterfield, a volunteer with Northern Nevada Children’s Society with a passion to make a difference.  With two daughters of his own, giving back to children is a close passion to his heart.  So he’s doing just that.  On March 15, 2013, with the help of other Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District Firefighters, their union hosted a pre-shave event for St. Baldrick’s. Which is a head-shaving event to raise money for children fighting cancer.

Four families with children who are fighting cancer came to Station 36 in the Arrowcreek area to enjoy a BBQ dinner, station tours, fire truck rides and even got to spray water out of the fire hoses! The families got to enjoy the company of firefighters in our community and watch about ten firefighters (both from Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District and Sparks Fire Protection District) and five children shave their heads in their honor.  Smiles, tears and stories were shared among the group.Random Acts of Kindness

The event was a night to remember for those children.  The smiles on their faces as they rode away in the fire trucks was heart touching.  These kids were so happy to be able to spend time with their “hero’s”.  The four families shared their  progress with the firefighters. It was an amazing night for all who were able to join in the festivities.  Truly touching to see the community come together to support such a great cause.

Ian is showing the community just how easy it is to make such an incredible impact in others’ lives.  He’s truly a leader at heart, inspiring others to give back to the community in which they live.  Interested in hosting an event to raise money for children with cancer in Northern Nevada?  Please visit Northern Nevada Children’s Cancer Foundation. What are you doing to give back to your community? Please share in a comment below.

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Undeniable Passion

“Be so great they have no choice but to notice you”

When you think of Joe, you think of EMS.   Not because he is the EMS Training Captain for Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District.  But because of his undeniable passion for providing the best care to our community through his dedication to learning all there is about Emergency Medical Services.

Many would associate Joe with having the same amount of knowledge as a doctor would have.  In fact, he was accepted to medical school but declined to follow his passion for providing Paramedic level care to his community.

More importantly though is the way he has passed his passion on to others.  Joe whole heartily believes in providing Paramedic level care to the community and has continued to teach others all he knows about Emergency Medical Services.  Every day, he inspires people to advance their knowledge in care for medical emergencies and trauma.  The individuals, who go on to become Paramedics, are just one piece of Joe’s accomplishments.

Joe may not respond to every medical call within the district, but the ones who’ve been inspired by Joe and have increased their education have and will continue to provide an invaluable service to our community.  In fact, it may be the difference between life and death.  Although the benefits of having an EMT-Intermediate or Paramedic respond to an emergency incident continues to be a hot debate, Joe believes a Paramedic may be able to recognize a symptom that an EMT-Intermediate may not.  In most cases, Paramedics have proven to provide better care than their EMT-Intermediate coworkers.

The legacy Joe has created is one that will continue to benefit the community.  His hard work, beliefs about Paramedic care and a team of coworkers contributed to Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District getting board approval to turn all career fire stations into ALS.

Although we will never be able to equate all that Joe Kammann has done for our community, know that his undeniable passion has inspired others to find greatness.  Joe challenged the norm and even when difficult decisions had to be made, he stood up for what he believed in.

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