Hero's Interview on Nick Elia
Elia, Nick. Personal Interview. Friday December 4th 2015.
For this project an interview was held towards a local firefighter Nick Elia to see if he reached the expectations of a civilized hero. While interviewing Nick Elia there is no argument on how he is not seen as a civilized hero when . Although firefighters do not consider themselves as heroes , Nick Elia’s actions and past along with the way he carries himself defines him to be a civilized firefighter which can describe him to be a “hero.” As a fireman, Mr. Elia holds a great deal of responsibilities and duties that he has to accomplish in order to do the job properly. Education and patience plays a big part in Elia’s reputation as a hero. Elia received a question during the online interview that asked ,“What are some of the responsibilities of your carrier?” Elia responded saying “Fire Prevention education, mitigation of various emergency situations, firehouse maintenance and continuous training and education to become more proficient in our job and always trying to further our education (Elia).” This is the daily responsibilities of Nick Elia. As one can see, Elia had a lot on his hands and still manages to adapt to these responsibilities the task’s he is assigned are difficult and fragile because they are important to the society. Elia has the motivation to do what he does as a firefighter and being able to get the job done. He took the risk of changing himself for the benefit of other people that is another heroic trait. After being asked “What is your reason for doing what you do?” Elia states, “There is a great deal of personal satisfaction and gratification that comes from helping the people of my community. There is family history and pride in the fire service that I carry with me everyday. With that comes a belief that I’m making a positive influence and change in my community. Throughout my career here so far I know I have been able to change the outcome of some incidents for many people whether small or large and that is the biggest reason(Elia).” Elia is a very deep person and has a very deep past which lead him to be who he is today. His father was a firefighter as well and everyday Nick carries that on his shoulder as a positive motivation. Elia puts the people and the community they live in to be a very big part of his carrier. He realizes that there is a lot of positive karma that comes from doing someone or something good. Nick Elia is a family guy and a man who wants to keep the people around him and in his community safe which makes him a hard working man , this hard work gives him the reputation of a hero. He finds joy in his job and continues to find a different kind of motivation and set goals for himself. He believes that if he advances in education he will advance in skill. According to my comments in the beginning I asked Elia “What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?” Nick responded saying “The best advice I have ever received is that to do the best I can and continue my education and training so that I can be the best I can at my career. I continue to further my education every year by going away to the state fire academy and taking classes( Elia).” Nick Elia carries his carrier out further and further to reach these goals by advancing in education for the better of himself and his carrier. Nick Elia goes to work everyday with a positive mindset he advances in his education to know the best of the best ways to protect the community and to guide other firefighters who are just now beginning this job. Although he may not consider himself a hero , Mr. Elia goes to work everyday not only for himself , but also for the safety of the community and for the people living in it. A civilized hero is a respectful loving and caring person and Nick Elia defines this definition of a civilized hero.
This picture shows that through all the rough times , nick still has a smile on his face. A positive attitude will only help you be more successful with his job and himself as a person.
Nick is showing in this picture that what he does everyday of his life is for america. He is willing to risk his life to save another. Fire fighters have a tough job , some of the things they see amazng but yet sometimes awful. They do what they do for our own saftey.
This picture shows Mr. Nick Elia's fire jacket. The jacket he wears when he is on the job. Either driving the fire truck or even going into a burning down building. Not all hero's wear a cape with a super man sign on the back. Elia's jacket is his cape. This jacket represents his daily life.