I visited New Rochelle Fire Department Station 5 on Easter Sunday and spoke to Captain Andrew Sandor.
Terrance Jackson: How long have you been a firefighter in New Rochelle?
Andrew Sandor: A little over 21 years.
TJ: And how long have you been the Company Commander of Station 5?
AS: I been here since the beginning of 2016, so a little over a year.
TJ: What is the hardest thing about being a firefighter?
AS: The hardest thing about being a firefighter, I would say is that we see people at their worst. They’re having a bad day. We have really good training to try to help them with what’s going on.
The call we just came back on, that was easy, someone burnt food, not a big deal. But maybe later today, we’ll go an ambulance call or somebody whatever ailment they have. Or we’ll go a car wreck. Or someone will have water in their basement. Or they’ll have a fire. And now to what extent is the fire effecting their personal life. After a while you become a bit callous to it, because it’s job but you have to remember that you’re dealing with people not just stuff.