It's Firefighter Friday!! Let's meet...
Assistant Chief, 903 DaKota Wixon
Dakota has been a Firefighter for 14 years, he joined BSFD in 2006.
DaKota says when he is not in his fire helmet and gear or working at Shape Technologies he enjoys spending time with his wife Kaitlyn and their two kids, running off to Branson for mini vacations or just hanging out at home.
Between working his normal job and being a Firefighter it is easy to see a lot of time can be missed with the family. DaKota's wife Kaitlyn is President of the Baxter Fire Auxiliary, so a lot of time is spent at the station. DaKota said "..When I get the chance, I make sure I get to spend all my time with them that I can. It might be playing with hot wheels, building with legos, painting with my daughter or just staying home and watch movies together as a family."
We asked DaKota What does it take to be a firefighter?
"Turning in an application, that’s where it all starts."
DaKota explained once you have the determination to do that, the rest falls into place. "It takes time, and a lot of it. You will miss family events and sleep but the reward of helping others when they are, at that time, at their worst moment can be and is more rewarding..."
DaKota also explained "It takes drive to continually train so you can be better equipped to take on all challenges that you are called to or encounter. It takes dedication to go to calls and training when you just worked 8 or more hours at your regular job and you are tired or have a long list of honey do’s."
If DaKota could win a Olympic Medal for anything he said it would be for "Building Lego’s".
"The last few years I have come to be pretty good at spending hours helping to build fire trucks, fire stations, and helicopters just to watch them get dropped and broken, then asked to rebuild them back again without the instructions and pieces missing."
Thank you DaKota for striving for excellence and your family's dedication to our community.