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Kevin Sherry

Kevin Sherry
Firefighter/Apparatus Engineer
Madison Fire Department

325 W. Johnson St.
Madison, WI 53703

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Kevin Sherry is a Madison Firefighter and also an Apparatus Engineer, which means he has special training for driving the large fire engines. He grew up in a small town in Wisconsin and decided to go into fire service, just as many of his family members had. Kevin received his two-year Fire Science degree from Madison College, served as a firefighter in the Air National Guard and was a volunteer Emergency Medical Technician in his hometown. With that experience and a lengthy application process, Kevin was one 58 people on a hiring list of 1200 that eventually landed positions with the City of Madison Fire Department, a position he has held for 13 years. In addition, Kevin currently serves as vice president of Firefighters Local 311 representing more than 400 firefighters and paramedics in Dane County.

It's a profession admired by many because those who choose it often risk their own lives to save others. But firefighting is a career with many facets. Extensive training, new techniques and high-tech equipment can mean a lifelong profession with many rewards – saving lives and property among them. Hear firsthand insight from a career firefighter stationed in one of the state's largest cities – Madison. (Running Time 26:00)