First Responder Profile:
Orland Fire Protection District
Firefighter/Paramedic Mark Hogan
Firefighter/Paramedic Mark Hogan is heavily involved in running our upcoming Rock Bottom Events in Orland Park.
Can you please explain why you participate in the Rock Bottom Events that benefit the 100 Club?
“So I met a friend at one of the Rock Bottom events and I had a ton of fun and I thought it was a good reason why we were there, the whole thing, that hits home. It’s a super good cause. It was really appealing to me, so he asked me to do the Day of Tips so I showed up and the people who did it, the whole experience really was awesome and fun. I had a great time…. I like doing the fundraiser, I like the whole atmosphere. Knowing some of the people in these incidents, it really hits home. I’ve seen the 100 Club really make a difference and I think about how I just do a very small part. And if it was to ever happen to me, than just the feeling that something like that is there is really comforting and I totally give 100%.
It sounds cliche, but I feel like everyone always says, “The fire department doesn’t owe me anything.” It’s been amazing to me, my family, it’s been a family through my whole life. They’ve given me so much. And if this is what I can give back, then that’s what’s important. Just as much as I can give back because they don’t owe me anything. I owe the fire service everything.”