Meet a firefighter

Michael Eaton has been a firefighter for more than a year. He serves out of Station 6. 

Q. What is your day job?

A. I stay at home with Luella, our two-year-old daughter, and work a few duty crew shifts for the Fire Department. Before Luella was born, I traveled three to four days a week as a corporate quality manager.

Q. What do you do for fun when you’re not working or volunteering?

A. Spending time with my wife Andrea and daughter tops the list.  We enjoy being outdoors, camping, boating and traveling.  

Q. What made you want to become a firefighter? 

A. Growing up, my dad and brother were on the volunteer fire department in Pierre, South Dakota.  It was a small town of about 20,000 people, but the fire department had five stations and were serious about training and protecting the community. I spent a lot of time at the stations and riding on my brother’s ladder truck. After high school I almost went directly into the fire service but went to college instead. I am happy I now have the opportunity to fulfill my long awaited firefighting passion. 

Q. What’s a little-known fact about you?

A. I have a master’s degree in molecular biology and completed my thesis on vaccine development.