The Mayor of Maysville spends his free time fighting fires with Maysville Fire & EMS.

Editor’s Note: The First Responder Friday series is a weekly feature focusing on the men and women in law enforcement, emergency services and fire services who serve in our community every day.

Name: Edward Waltz

Age: 40

Agency: Maysville Fire & EMS

Years Served: 12 years. July 6, 2006 to current

Rank or Title: Firefighter

What made you decide on this career path?

I wanted to give back to my community and help others along the way. 

What is it you love about working in your community?

Volunteering is giving back to the community which I live in and I see the results right away. It’s about hard work and dedication to not only the community but the brotherhood of firefighters.

Where else have you worked in the past?

I was an active duty United States Marine from 1997 to 2004. This is my first station and current station.

Describe the road to your current position:

I’m currently a firefighter, and mayor of Maysville. I started a firefighter 1 & 2 class in the station and community college.

What pushes you to stay on this career path and continue working in such a challenging position?

Knowing that training never stops and keeps getting better and better. Knowing that the training may save someone’s life or property. Even an interaction with children who want to become firefighters.

Any additional comments you’d like to include:

Being a volunteer firefighter has been a rewarding part of my life and I have met people from all over the area and world who have some of the same values and experiences and who extremely care about their communities they live in. Every station needs volunteers, come be a part of making your community better.

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