TOPEKA, Kan (WIBW)-- David Larson served as a civil servant for the state of Kansas for most of his life, but five years ago, he decided to start serving his community in another way.
"When I retired from the state of Kansas, I had a friend who was a firefighter here at silver lake and I was looking for something to do and he got me involved in the fire service and I got my certification as a firefighter and an emergency medical responder."
Larson is a father to 2 and grandfather to 5. He says retirement gave him just a little too much free time and he wanted to put that to good use.
"It was an opportunity to serve my community. I was retired and had plenty of time on my hands and I really did find it worthwhile and the more I've become involved in community service and helping my fellow neighbors it's become really gratifying."
Larson says his favorite part of the job is being able to help people in ways he never could before.
"We're able to be on the scene quickly and we're able to help somebody in a situation and when things come out good it’s just a very rewarding experience."
The job may bring a lot of training and paper work, but Larson says the feeling of helping his fellow neighbor is all worth it.
"You need to be prepared for the effort, it does take some study, and your head will become expanded so if you're willing to put forth the effort and you have a heart for helping people this is the kind of career you might want to consider."