Page 17 - May 2019 Featuring Brooklyn Tankard
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“Choose your
dreams or end up
working for
someone who
chased theirs.”
My life started out in Brooklyn, New York, where I was raised by both of my parents and my two older sisters, who are twins. My family ended up moving to Atlanta, Georgia when my maternal grandfather became ill. I always considered myself an athletic person. I ran track from the age of 9 until I was around 15 years old. While in high school, I danced and joined the drill team. My parents did well financially, but our family dynamic was strained and somewhere my parents fell out of love with each other and divorced when I was 16 years old. Determined not to let that keep me down, I graduated high school at the top of my class and went on to attend Georgia State University for two years.
Due to my childhood, I was not much of a dreamer. I never knew what my calling was, all I knew was that I hated jobs where I had to sit behind a desk. I loved excitement and considered myself quite adventurous. Initially, the direction I started going towards career- wise was to practice sports medicine, but then one I came home and my mother mentioned that applications were being accepted for one of our local fire departments. I applied with no knowledge of what I was getting myself into and seventeen years later I’m a Battalion Chief and still in love with my profession.

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