My wife and I raise Simmental cattle, I also am a field staff instructor for the Illinois Fire Service Institute in; wildland, large animal rescue, courage to be safe, and oil well firefighting. I am a 24+ year veteran of the fire service serving as a volunteer fireman, currently with the Kell Fire Protection District, and short time on a paid department in Richmond, KY where I attend college at Eastern Kentucky University getting my BS in Fire and Safety Technology with a concentration in Fire Protection Administration.
I currently hold the rank of Lieutenant on the fire department and am the prescribed burn coordinator as well as training officer. I am one of 4 certified burn managers on our department.
I have been burning for over 8 years with Kell Fire. We typically burn for landowners throughout the area who have there ground enrolled in the native grass plantings within the CRP program of the USDA Natural Resource Department and for the local soil and water district. We on average burn around 200 acres in the spring and 80 in the fall.
I live in a rural area Iuka which is in Marion County. I am married to Jennifer, ag teacher at Cisne High School, have 2 children, boy 14 and girl 12. Our family shows cattle at a variety of places throughout the year. The wife and I are also leaders of a local 4H club.