"I love my job for many different reasons. It's a unique profession, because every day we start our shift with no idea what lies ahead of us. The job is both complicated and simple. The wide range of skills, training and critical thinking required to be a first responder can be very challenging. But at the end of the day all first responders have the same simple mission, make whatever situation we are called to better.

 

My wife and I have three dogs: Dakota (Lab), JoJo (Chihuahua), and Annie (mutt). Our dogs are the best part about coming home after a long day at work. They always put a smile on my face. We enjoy including them in our outdoor actives like running, hiking, and camping.

 

All of our dogs are rescues. My wife adopted two of them from a shelter in the DFW area and one just kind of showed up and adopted us. The choice to adopt was easy because it's affordable and there are so many great dogs that need a good home.

 

I had a dog named Bo growing up who loved going for rides in the back of the truck. One day I let him out and gave the command to “load up”. He took off like a rocket. However, I had forgotten to put the tailgate of the truck down. As Bo frantically searched for any truck bed with the tailgate down I made my way to lower the gate. Just as I did I heard a commotion coming from the front of the truck. I looked up through the back window to see my 90 lb. mutt on the hood staring back at me, as happy as he could be. I have no idea how Bo managed to jump all the way up on the hood of my truck. Satisfied with his accomplishment and ready for a ride, he sat down on the hood in protest when I tried to get him off. The hood of that truck never looked the same after that!"

 

Our thanks and appreciation to Kyle for appearing in the 2019 Red White & Rescue Calendar and for serving our community!

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Kyle Fritsche, Firefighter/Paramedic, Katy Fire Department

Years in Uniform: 7 

Pictured with Brooklyn, available for adoption from Special Pals