Tampa Fire Rescue Firefighter
Works at: Station 7, 6129 N. Nebraska Ave.
Personal: 44, single, two children
Hometown: Plant City
Patch: What do you like most about your job?
Smith: Instant gratification. I love the fact that on any given day you will make a difference. It could be as big as saving someone's life or as small as having little kids seeing you ride a fire truck and inspiring them.
Patch: How did you become interested in firefighting?
Smith: I have two nephews who work for the county. They asked me to think about it. At 40, I went into the fire academy. I don't think that before this time I would have been ready for it. My jobs have always been in the service field and this seemed like the ultimate way to serve, other than the military.
Patch: What’s your most memorable call?
Smith: If you remember the guy who threw the baby out of car window on the Interstate, that was the one. I was on the first engine to respond and I was probably the second person to get there after the police officer.
Patch: What’s your favorite color?
Smith: Black and gold.
Patch: What’s the last movie you saw?
Smith: “The Help.” I loved it.