This year, you were named Firefighter of the Year after you rescued a 6-year-old girl from a burning building on Mason Street. Looking back, what was that night like for you?
That night was like any other night at work. We had been running calls and assisting citizens with their emergencies. We got the fire call early in the night and as we were heading that way my partner and I were getting ready and checking each other with routine checks before every fire we go to. We got there and found out a child was inside and, no hesitation, we went in and found her. I felt great, being able to get her out of the house before it got real bad. After the fire we went back to running calls where other people needed our help.
What led you to become a firefighter for the Columbus area?
Growing up I had an uncle that was a firefighter for Columbus, so I used to go to the station to visit him as a child and always knew that's what I wanted to be when I grew up.
How has your view of public safety work changed since starting six years ago?
My view on public safety remains the same. It's still an exciting and rewarding job. I work with some of the best public safety personnel in the nation, who do a great job and work hard for the citizens of Columbus.
What do you know about emergency response and fire fighting that you wish everyone knew?
A few things I would say to people about fire fighting and EMS: just remember that when we get the call we will get there as quickly and as safely as possible. Remember to always pull to the right when emergency vehicles are approaching. Always have an exit plan for you and your family if your house were to ever catch fire.
What is the best kept secret in the Chattahoochee Valley?
In my opinion the best-kept secret of the Chattahoochee Valley is the way people make you feel. I've never met a stranger in this area and everybody treats you like family.
Name: Joshua Rash
Job: FireMedic with Columbus Fire and EMS
Hometown: Phenix City
Current home: Phenix City
Family: Robert and Peggy Rash (parents)
Education: Some college (Columbus State University)
Favorite book: "Warrior Soul" by Chuck Pfarrer
Favorite movie: "Ghostbusters"
Favorite restaurant: Buffalo Wild Wings
Favorite quote: "Don't let the best you have done so far be the standard for the rest of your life." - Malynda Beeman
Best concert: Alan Jackson at the Civic Center