Eric McDonnel – Spotsylvania Volunteer Fire Department

We are there at someone’s darkest moment, to help the them through the toughest of situations. The feeling you get from helping someone in need is one of the best feelings you will ever have.

I have always been interested in the fire department. During a visit to the fire station with my cub scout den, I talked to the fire fighters about joining the department and filled out the paperwork that night. I enjoy being with a group of people who come from different backgrounds that come together to for a common cause.

Bob Weber – Chancellor Volunteer Fire & Rescue Department

When you volunteer in the community, you become part of the fabric that makes up the community. In this day and age, of bedroom communities and sprawl, communities are not as tight knit as they were in the old days. Volunteering in the community helps you to become more connected with the community and help to make it a better place to live.

I enjoy the challenge of fire and rescue. It allows you to test yourself and step outside of your comfort zone. Now, I am more confident and I can handle chaotic situations that I never thought I would be able to handle. I enjoy helping people. In fire and rescue, you are called to help people when they are typically at the point in their lives when they are in the most vulnerable state and are in the most need of help.

AP Bullock – Spotsylvania Volunteer Rescue Squad & Chancellor Volunteer Fire & Rescue Dept.

I love the rush and excitement that comes with every call either good or bad.

It is a way of life; once you join you will never be the same.

By volunteering I have the opportunity to make a difference in someone else’s life and give back to the community.

When I graduated JMU, I moved back to Fredericksburg and decided that I needed to volunteer for the community. A family friend of ours was a member of CVFR and he set me up on a “ride-a-long” and I was hooked and immediately enrolled in an EMT-B course.

The most enjoyable moments are those when you put a smile on a patient’s face because you have just made their day a little brighter by showing up just to lend a helping hand.

I enjoy volunteering because of the friendships that I’ve made with my fellow volunteers and knowing that I always have a “house” to go to.