Twelve-year firefighter Grant Stephens, recently named Firefighter of the Year, said he just likes helping people.
“That may sound cliché, but it’s truly what we do,” said Stephens, 40. “It’s been a great short time,” he added, noting that careers in fire can last 30 years or longer.
“It fits myself and now my family very well,” he said.
Stephens, who is married with two daughters, 4 and 2, said service to others was a focal point for his family.
“As I’m raising a family, I want them to see how important it is to help others,” he said.
When an opportunity arises to help a charity or struggling family, Stephens said his mother and grandmother often attend.
“That’s the way our family has been,” he said, noting that his mother is close to her church.
Capt. Trey White, a Burbank firefighter for 14 years, said he and Stephens have been friends and co-workers for 12 years.