First Responder Profile:
Chicago Fire Department
Captain/EMT Jeff Lyle
What does being a member of the CFD community mean to you?
“Growing up in Chicago, it’s nice to be able to give back. But people come from all over to take the test because there’s a lot of history and tradition. Whether it’s the movies and things like that, people, they look at it like, “I’m a fireman.” Not only that, but I’m a Chicago fireman. There’s a lot of honor, tradition and pride that goes into that and they do a fine job at the academy giving the history and laying it out so that when you step out the door, you’re proud to put on that uniform and walk into the firehouse for the first time. I think every once in a while I have to sit back and think, “I can’t complain about much,” because there are a lot of people that would give a lot to have that opportunity and here I’ve been fortunate myself to first of all get hired, and then have opportunities throughout.”