LAUDERDALE COUNTY, Miss. (WTOK) - In our First Responders series we meet an elected official, a volunteer firefighter and a bus driver. We meet Josh Todd.
From suit and tie to full on fire gear, Josh Todd is a unique first responder because he serves the people through the form of government and as an emergency responder.
“They go hand in hand. You’re main goal in either capacity is to help the people. To give back to your community,” Todd says.
Todd says it all started when his grass caught on fire and it got out of hand. He called 911 and the Martin Fire Department responded.
“There were so many people out there helping me, some knew me and some didn’t. Right then, it put a fire in me to help my community, so I went and joined my local fire department,” Todd says.
Todd worked in the road department for 13 years before running for the District Three Supervisor seat. He drives a school bus in the afternoons. He says many people have supported him and he’s very appreciative of that. He says he takes pride in it.
“You always hear of the Lord opening doors if that’s where he so chooses you to be. He did. There were more doors opened for me to become supervisor than I could have imagined,” Todd says.
In situations like the Collinsville tornado, destruction hit close to home. Todd was right there.
“When they said, ‘Hey look, we have devastation. We need help.’ I didn’t grab my supervisor hat. I grabbed my chainsaw gas and oil and started cutting,” Todd says.
After that, coordinating with government officials about what needed to be done in the disaster zone. When it comes to emergencies, Todd says it can be difficult because of who might be involved.
“That’s a hard part separate. When you have a loss of life and it’s a community member, church member or family member. I’ve had all three of those happen,” Todd says.
With three children and a loving wife, Todd says he couldn’t do it without the love and support of family. It can be time consuming but he says he wouldn’t have it any other way.