I grew up in a small farm town in North Central Illinois. At the age of 18, I joined the local Franklin Grove Fire Protection District where I was a firefighter/EMT for four (4) years. I left rural Illinois shortly after and served eight (8) years in the United States Army.
Once leaving the Army, I returned to Illinois and settled in Winfield where my partner and I own a home in the far south part of the fire district. I currently work in private EMS and enjoy working on our house and yard, farming with my family, and enjoying local restaurants with friends.