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Giving back, Georgia guardsman taking the heat for his community

National Guard Master Sgt. Todd, from the 116th Air Control Wing (ACW), stands in front of a fire truck in Byron, Ga., Oct. 4, 2012.  Todd, a fulltime Guardsman with the 116th ACW, completed level-one fire fighter training to become a volunteer fire fighter in his community.(Contributed Photo/Released)

National Guard Master Sgt. Todd, from the 116th Air Control Wing (ACW), stands in front of a fire truck in Byron, Ga., Oct. 4, 2012. Todd, a fulltime Guardsman with the 116th ACW, completed level-one fire fighter training to become a volunteer fire fighter in his community.(Contributed Photo/Released)

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. -- Like other men and women in the Georgia Air National Guard that dedicate themselves to volunteerism, a 116th Air Control Wing non-commissioned officer is following in their footsteps.

Master Sgt. Todd, from the 129th Combat Training Squadron, recently graduated from level-one firefighter training, a course giving volunteers the basic information about fires and fire skills.

"When a woman in a laundromat was having unexplained chest pain I didn't know what to do so I reached for my wife, a nurse for more than 23 years and the ailing woman received assistance," said Todd. "It really impressed me, both my wife's interaction with the woman and the first responder's ability to save a life."

That incident, as well as encouragement from a fellow guardsman who has been a volunteer firefighter for many years, prompted Todd to embark on his journey.

Since Todd graduated from training, he has realized that being a volunteer firefighter is a lifestyle change.

At the end of the day when the Guard uniform comes off, Todd is ready at a moment's notice to don his firefighter attire and respond to a call for help in his community.

"I love my job with the JSTARS aircraft, the mission and what we are doing in the world," said Todd. "It's the right time in my life to do more in the community."