Hometown Hero: Meet the Man Who Keeps Springfield Fire Trucks Rolling

Published 02/13 2013 09:45PM

Updated 03/08 2013 09:52AM

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- A lot goes into fighting fires, but to keep the trucks rolling to the scene of every blaze, there's one man to thank.

"Every time a truck rolls in, I try to roll under it just to give it a quick check."

With wrench in hand, technician Shaun Sigrest ensures the safety of Springfield's fire trucks -- every day.

"I do everything. Engine work. AC work. Electrical. It's all over the board."

While Shaun prefers to stay behind the scenes, it's his bumper-to-bumper work that's critical for firefighters to save lives.

"I thought about being a fireman, but I really enjoy working on this equipment."

"The burden of keeping our firefighters moving and rolling and on the streets, kind of rests on Shaun's shoulders," says Asst. Fire Chief Randy Villines.

Shaun is responsible for maintaining more than 20 fire trucks, oftentimes putting in 10-hour days just to get the job done.

"We could potentially have a life-threatening situation where if the pump didn't work, we couldn't provide water, we might not be able to save someone, or our firefighters might be at risk within that structure," adds Villines.

And it's Shuan's commitment to maintenance that's earned him the national title of EVT of the Year by the Fire Department Safety Officers Association.

"There were some pretty good mechanics. I didn't think I was going to be able to get it, but I ended up getting it."

While he's still straightening his plaque, Shuan shies away from taking too much credit for his recognition.

"I don't know, it's just nice getting acknowledged for the work you do."

But it's Shaun's work when the sirens sound that always comes to mind.

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