Building by day, saving lives by night
Pelham firefighter/EMT is VFW EMT of the Year
Longtime Pelham firefighter/EMT Eric Fehmel posed with his six--year-old son, Max, outside Pelham Town Hall August 6. Fehmel was the guest of honor at the night's Pelham Board of Selectmen meeting, where Commander Mark McCabe of the John H. Hargreave VFW Memorial Post 10722 in Pelham presented him with the New Hampshire VFW 2013 EMT of the year award. Fehmel has worked for the Pelham Fire Department for the past 13 years. (APRIL GUILMET/Union Leader Correspondent)
A union carpenter by day, Fehmel said he’s content with his daytime career path and the days he spends hammering, sawing and building.
“It was kind of late in the game, but it was still something I wanted to do,” the married father of two said.
After completing his training, Fehmel signed on with his local fire department as a part-time firefighter and EMT. Since then, he’s led somewhat of a double life, but he’s never once regretted it.
Now actively involved in the Pelham Firefighters Association, he credits the love of his family, including his wife, Julia, and children Max, 6, and Grace, 2, for keeping him on the right path.
Aug. 8 marked his 13th anniversary with the Pelham Fire Department.
Fehmel’s success in balancing his many life roles hasn’t gone unnoticed.
“We submit our nominations at a local level, then it goes up the chain of command,” McCabe said. “It passes through the district, then to the state. So this is a very exciting moment for us.”
In the meantime, he’s enjoying some recognition a bit closer to home.
“Max is always telling me he wants to work at a firehouse with me when he grows up,” he said of his young son, who was happily trying on his father’s cap in a seat nearby, an enormous grin on his small face. “Now that he’s six, he tells me it’s about time the right for him to come and work with his daddy.”
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