Dells Delton EMS
Wisconsin Dells, WI
Mark Hamm worked as a firefighter for the Kilbourn Fire Department for almost 25 years; the two time chief helped to oversee several changes throughout the department and the city. During his time as a firefighter, Mark Hamm went out on several calls with the rescue squad; resulting in him eventually getting certified as an EMT.
Although the Kilbourn Fire Department has a policy in place that required Mark Hamm to retire at age 50, he has continued his EMT career and is now an EMT IV Tech for Dells Delton EMS in Wisconsin.
The father of three says that his family and the department have both been very supportive throughout his career. "I remember getting called to a fire in the middle of my kid's baptism. I felt really bad, but my family understood that my job made me responsible for saving people's lives."
According to his current supervisor Janene Clark, Mark is a generous man who is always going out of his way to help people, "During the winter he is always willing to be on call during the holidays and even volunteers to plow the snow for us with his personal snow plow!
He puts a lot of time into everything he does."
According to Mark, his most unique experience in his career was responding to a call in which a woman was ejected from a car, "she wasn't expected to survive...two years later I shared a dance with her at a banquet."
In addition to all that Mark does in his community, he recently participated in a walk for a recreational camp, dedicated to those with disabilities. Due to the fact that some people are unable to afford the camp tuition on their own, the proceeds and donations from the walk go into a scholarship fund specifically for them.
Mark's son is thankful and proud of his contribution to the community; he says, "During the past 21 years I've learned.....if I can be half the man my father is, I will consider myself a great man."