Get to know the town: Firefighter Vada Sample

Vada Sample, pictured at the far left, joins fellow firefighters during a ceremony with the Carlisle Fire Company of Milford. Special to the Chronicle

Vada Sample, pictured at the far left, joins fellow firefighters during a ceremony with the Carlisle Fire Company of Milford. Special to the Chronicle

Name: Vada Sample

Age: 47 with more than 15 years in as a firefighter.

Occupation: Driver and firefighter for Ellendale Fire Company

Resides in: Lincoln

Education background: Attended school in the Milford School District, graduated from Cape Henlopen High School.

What training have you taken since becoming a firefighter?

“We have to have Emergency Vehicle Operations class for basic driving skills and pump operations for driving the trucks.”

What do you love about being a firefighter?

“The comradery with other individuals and being able to help the community whenever they need help no matter the situation.”

What is your role at Carlisle?

“I volunteer as a firefighter and ambulance captain. I’m also on the board of directors.”

Tell us about your job?

“Most of the time, I’m in the back of the truck just being a regular firefighter. My main job is driving the ambulance for the EMT.”

Why volunteer with Carlisle if you work for Ellendale?

“I think it’s a state law that we’re not allowed to work where we volunteer at. If I wanted to volunteer with the Ellendale fire company, I’d have to quit work.”

Vada Sample

Vada Sample

What has been the wildest or most unique experience?

“Just being able to help people and being able to do things normal people wouldn’t do.”

What else do you like doing?

“I like to sing. I haven’t done it in a while, but I love it. I like weight training, too.”

Why did you decide to become a firefighter?

“The idea started when I was like 15-years-old and I just continued to follow my dream to become a firefighter.”

What do you wish the community knew?

“I wish the community knew that we’re all volunteers. It’s not like we’re at the fire house daily. We all have our personal lives and jobs to maintain. Whenever we get a call, it’s like people think we need to be there right then, but we’re leaving our own homes. It takes time to get where we need to be.”

Jennifer Antonik can be reached at mc@newszap.com

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