MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - In First Responders, we meet someone who has been serving the public for 25 years. Anthony Ford says it’s a passion that he shares with those he works with.
Anthony Ford started at Key Field at the Air National Guard Base. Ford then made his way on with the Meridian Fire Department for 12 years, as well as Metro Ambulance for six years. He says working on the Navy base is different than working in the city.
“You have to train and deal more with aircraft. We tend to be in more support of the squadron and helping pilots. We make sure they are safe,” Ford says.
Sharing a passion for helping others with those you work with is one of the aspects of being a public servant, Ford likes. He says it’s a brotherhood.
“Brothers, you spend time together, cut up together. It’s just boys time, but you’re doing a job too,” Ford says.
In his home life, Ford is married and has two sons and a daughter. He says the job of public service can be taxing on the family life, but he has support.
“There’s rewards and sacrifices, but we’ve made it. We’ve been married 20 years, we do good,” Ford says.
Ford says It’s he enjoys the family atmosphere the job comes with.
“It’s like a big family. We come out here and spend holidays and eat dinner together. It’s another family,” Ford says.
Ford says he has about 10 to 15 years left in his role as EMT and Fireman. He says after that he is retiring from the Air Guard and NAS. Ford wants everyone to make the most out of life.
“Don’t take life for granted. We can be here and gone tomorrow. Let your family know you love them and take time to be with them. Don’t think they’re going to be here forever,” Ford says.
To stay up to date with our First Responders series tune in every Sunday night for Newscenter 11 at 10:00 p.m. and on Good Morning Meridian on Monday mornings.