BRIGHT SPOT: Volunteer firefighter named Hometown Hero

Would you leave your well-paying job to pursue your passion?

What if that passion was helping others, and you might not even get paid for it?

That’s what Dave Frensemeier did about a dozen years ago.

Last month, he was recognized as a Modern Woodmen Hometown Hero.

The award from the local investment firm came with $100 to give to the charity of his choice and $500 to Frensemeier personally. He directed all of the money to the Hamblen Township Volunteer Fire Department, which he serves as a volunteer firefighter and EMT.

Frensemeier is now also part of an advanced EMT crew that rotates in to fill shifts with Columbus Regional Hospital’s ambulance service. He continues to volunteer with the fire department and serves as assistant chief, said his wife, Patty.

Dave Frensemeier said the recognition and the spaghetti dinner at his fire department were a nice gesture, and he was especially pleased to be able to give the money to the fire department to be used toward a new training room.

“Something that set him apart from others is that he gave up a lucrative career at Cummins to do what he was passionate about,” Modern Woodmen representative Kristine Skaarsgard said. “Even though (he took) a very large cut in pay, he felt like EMT works are much more fulfilling.”