I am a 3rd generation a firefighter. I was brought up around the fire service, born and raised in the Skagit Valley. I remember being shown the value of public service and community at a very young age. My Grandfather (Herb Hofstad) was the Fire Chief of Mount Vernon for many years. Helping family, friends, neighbors and others in their time of need is what it is all about. I believe strongly in what he said. “Put others needs before your own” set an example and lead by that example! I am a proud husband, father and grandfather and thank my wife and family for their sacrifice for allowing me the opportunity to serve my community as I have for over 26 years. It is and has been my pleasure as well as my fire department family to serve each and every one of you. Stay safe.