MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - In First Responders we go to the Meridian Fire Department where we find Rocky Godwin. He's a senior firefighter on the front lines of serving the city.
For four years Rocky Godwin has been fighting fires with the Meridian Fire Department.
“I went up to city hall to get an application for the police department, but they weren’t hiring then. I waited and then saw some commercials and that the fire department was hiring. I thank God I did that every day,” Godwin says.
He drives the beautiful Engine 1 fire truck. Something many children and some adults dream about, but Godwin’s drive for firefighting didn’t begin at a young age.
“It was a job that was something that felt like I was making a difference,” Godwin says.
One of the most important parts of being a driver is navigation.
“That’s one thing that is very important to our job is knowing where we are going and getting there safely,” Godwin says.
One of Godwin’s favorite parts of the job is the teamwork. He says it truly is a family.
“I have made some of the best friends of my life up here. It’s kind of like high school when you have your childhood friends. You make the same ones up here,” Godwin says.
Although Godwin didn’t think about becoming a fireman when he was little, he has a son that’s now growing up, watching his father.
“This is my first Father’s Day and I’m up here. My family came up here and my son got to see the trucks. He loved the lights, loved the sounds. You get to buy him all the little fire truck toys and it’s cool for him to be able to enjoy the toys and daddy gets to go work and play with the big toys,” Godwin says.
His family supports him and some of his guidance has been through his father in-law who worked as a fireman in Jackson.
“Whenever I got interested in doing it he informed me on a lot of the things and what to expect. He always loved doing it. Every time I get the chance to take a promotional test I take it. Only God knows, but I hope to continue taking steps,” Godwin explains.
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.