News 12 First at Five / Thursday, April 4, 2013
AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- Our Time To Care winner for April is a Richmond County firefighter, but he's not getting the honor for any heroism on the job, although there's been plenty of that over the years. He's getting it because of his big heart when it comes to doing for others.
Most days, you'll find Randy Reese working at Engine Company 14 in Blythe. Reese and two other firefighters man the station, keeping the trucks ready and themselves ready in case duty calls. After 23 years, fighting fires has become a way of life, but it doesn't rank first in his life.
"Let me see, it comes -- God, my family, fishing and firefighting," he said with a laugh.
And during all those years on the force, his fellow firefighters have become like brothers.
"It's just a friendship," Reese said. "It's camaraderie. It's my family. I come here and spend 24 hours a day with them. If something happens to them, it happens to you."
That's why when Reese heard about a firefighter whose son was diagnosed with cancer, he decided to help raise money for the family by raffling a bass boat he'd been restoring.
"So I called my wife and said, 'Honey, I'm giving away my boat.' She says, 'OK, if that's what you wanna do.'"
When the boat went for $4,000, the money went to help with the family's medical expenses.
"It's just, we all can do one little thing," Reese said. "That's all we have to do. It's not me, I don't like getting credit for it. It's just the people, if they see something, help out."
We would never have known about Reese if his mom hadn't told us by nominating her son for the Time To Care Award.
Reading the words she wrote about him nearly brought the big man to tears.
"Well, I love her. I'm gonna cry now. I appreciate her kind words. She's a good mom," he said.
So what's next for this firefighting fisherman and man of faith? He wants to start a group called KARE, Kid Anglers Reaching Excellence.
"Like the First Tee is for kids, I want fishing to be for kids. But I want to teach them the fundamentals of what God has in store for them. The principles, morals and all that," he explained.
And that's where you come in. If you're a fisherman who'd like to volunteer for that program, Reese would love to hear from you. You can reach him by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Special thanks to our Time To Care partners for making the award possible: Academy Sports and Outdoors, Ashley Furniture Home Store and Subway.