MANHATTAN, Kan. (WIBW) - Following the same career path as his father was never an expectation from his parents for one Manhattan firefighter.
Halfway through high school, fire fighter Eric Boyd realized college wasn’t going to be the path for him after high school.
"At the age of 16, I started an explorer program, learned a lot of the basic things for the job and that just solidified that it was a good choice for me.” Manhattan Fire Department, firefighter, Eric Boyd says.
After high school while figuring out the next steps to becoming a full-time firefighter, Boyd volunteered as a firefighter while working in construction.
After applying to numerous fire departments, Boyd got a job with a fire department in Yuma Arizona, where he worked for just over a year.
“That was a way for me to get into the career field and try to get some training and experience….and then get back home to Kansas.” Boyd says.
Boyd continued his firefighting career in northeast Kansas as part of the Fort Riley Fire Department, where his dad had previously served as Fire Chief for 31 years prior to his retirement.
However, Boyd had a goal of joining the Manhattan Fire Department and in 2018 that dream became reality, and upon completion of the Manhattan Fire academy Eric’s dad, John Boyd, pinned his badge on him.
“It made me extremely proud, he knew that it was a goal of mine, it had been a goal of mine for… quite a few years.” Boyd says.
Boyd says he’s excited for the future of fire service, as the kids at community events ask phenomenal questions and have a genuine interest in fire service.
“It’s been an adventure that I would…not trade for anything, it’s been a great time.” Boyd says.
Firefighter Boyd suggests that if you have an interest in joining the fire service to find an explorer program near you to see day to day fire fighter duties.