Interview: Andrew Hein, Mr. March 2018
Spring fever?! We all have it. Winter doesn’t last forever, spring never skips its turn. Colorado Firefighter Calendar would like to introduce to you, Mr. March, Andrew Hein from Platteville/Gilcrest Fire Protection District. Phew… now that’s a breath of fresh air!
Andrew (Andy) as we know him, started his firefighting career in 2001 with a small volunteer fire department in Nebraska. He moved to the beautiful state of Colorado in 2006, where he began volunteering with Platteville/Gilcrest Fire Protection District. In 2009, he was one of two firefighters hired as a career firefighter with the District. Since his hire date he has been promoted through the ranks to Captain.
Like most teens, Andy was a point in his life where he really had no idea what he wanted to do or what he really wanted to do as a long-term career. Andy’s father encouraged him to venture into firefighting. Within two weeks of volunteering Andy knew this was it! He applied for college in Lincoln, Nebraska, where he pursued his studies in Fire Science Technology. He fell in love with helping people and the team/family atmosphere that a fire service gave him.
Andy’s favorite experience with the Colorado Firefighter Calendar would have to be attending the Children’s Hospital Colorado Burn Camps Program play day. Getting to participate in the events and bond with the kids is a day he will never forget! Andy states, “The positive energy those kids emanate is amazing and contagious! I’m no different than anyone else in the respect that we all have bad days. I can tell you that after my experience at Burn Camp, I no longer have bad days! Every day has moments and that is all that it is, is a moment. These kids may have helped us firefighters more than we have help them!”
As a firefighter, staying in shape is important and not easy, but it’s worth it. Andy lifts weights 4 to 5 days a week, with a couple of days of cardio. He states, “I definitely don’t diet like I should, but I maintain healthy eating habits.”
What inspires Mr. March? He can’t say that there is specifically one individual who inspires him. He finds inspiration in almost everyone he meets; people at work, family, friends, people at his gym, church, and even people he may have only met for a second. Andy tends to look for the positive in everyone and that inspires him to be a better version of himself, better than he was yesterday! His hero would have to be his father, who never gave up on him, even when he wanted to give up on himself.
Andy tried out for the calendar because he knew a couple other guys who had done it before and they shared some of their experiences and it inspired him have those experiences as well as expand his network. After doing his research, he quickly became a believer in the great purpose CFC serves and want to help if he could, so he decided to try out. Andy is very thankful to have had this opportunity and to have served such a great cause!
If you are thinking about buying a 2018 Colorado Firefighter Calendar but are not sure, Andy states, “Think about someone in your life who has been struck by tragedy and their child needs the care of Children’s Hospital Colorado Burn Center (we all know at least one). Anyone who has ever been in that situation understands not only the emotional toll it takes on you, but also the financial burdens it can bring. By purchasing a calendar or even donating to CFC, you are doing your part to support families and children who are in need and you know you are making a difference in a child’s life as well as their family anonymously and with good intentions. Display your calendar proudly and when your friends ask about the calendar you know in your heart that you did your part. If it was me, I would hope there was an organization like the CFC there to help me!”