Editor’s note: Answering The Purcell Register’s five questions this week is Joel Staggs.
Q: What’s your favorite part of being a fireman?
A: My favorite part of being a fireman is knowing that I helped the people who need it the most at their weakest moment. Being able to handle something when everyone else’s lives are in chaos. Knowing someone is still alive today or their house is still standing because we were able to help.
Q: What do you do when you’re not on duty?
A: When I’m not on duty I assist my father with managing our family’s plumbing business where we try to focus on residential new construction plumbing and our farming operation where we care for approximately 160 head of cattle and we have approximately 700 pecan trees that we harvest almost every year.
Q: How is it juggling two careers?
A: Juggling two careers can be challenging. I love being a fireman and I’m fortunate that that schedule allows me to still be a part of the family businesses on my days off.
Q: What’s your favorite thing to do with your family?
I love spending time with my family. Whether it’s hanging outside together on the patio, cooking dinner together, playing games or hauling the kids and their calves all over the state showing cattle, being together is what matters most.
Q: What’s something most people don’t know about you?
A: Something most people don’t know about me is that I fell off a bridge when I was 10 years old. I fractured both wrists and spent most of that summer with casts on both arms.
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