Meet a firefighter

Mark Neu has been a firefighter for 18 years. He serves out of Station 5. 

Q: What’s your day job?

A: I’ve been a full-time firefighter in Minneapolis for 20 years. My official title is fire motor operator. 

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

A: I like to exercise and go for walks with my wife Debra. We like to travel to Wisconsin to see our 12 grandkids. My wife also tells me we like to go on bike rides. 

Q: What made you want to become a firefighter?

A: I’m going to date myself. In 1972 my favorite show was Emergency! with Johnny Gage and Roy DeSoto. I was eight years old and I knew I wanted to be a firefighter. I would visit fire stations in Minneapolis. I was that kid who would run to the corner when I heard a siren and wave to the firefighters driving by. 

Q: What do you like about firefighting? 

A: I like the camaraderie, helping people on their worst days, visiting schools and daycares to talk to kids about fire safety and the adrenaline rush you get on each call.