Matt was a volunteer firefighter with the Amherst Fire District when he had an accident that caused a traumatic brain injury… he was just 27 years old. But with the support of Dan Garcia, ODC Day Services Assistant, and the welcoming staff at the Village of Plover Fire Department, he doesn’t have to leave that part of his life behind.
“The first time I met Matt,” said Dan, “I knew I had to get him connected with a fire department again. ‘No one gets left behind’ is a firefighter’s creed. The guys at the Plover department accepted him instantly.”
Dan and Matt visit the fire department weekly, where they have gotten to know the staff and are actively creating ways in which Matt can make a difference at the station. One of the Plover firefighters needed no introductions when Matt came to visit for the first time.
“I was a captain in the Amherst department,” said Ken Voss, current Deputy Chief in the Village of Plover.
“Matt was just starting to get the guys straightened out over there in Amherst when the accident happened,” he said with a smile.
“Once a firefighter, always a firefighter,” said Ken. “I reach out to my brothers, trying to be a good support to them and leaning on them for support as well. That’s what it’s all about… we lean on each other. We’re a big family, and we try to do the best we can to take care of each other through thick and thin, through the good stuff and the bad.”
“It’s a pleasure to work with Matt again,” he said. “We’re so glad to have him!”