VIDEO: Diversity among Treasure Valley firefighters got a big boost from this recent graduation season. The fifth Treasure Valley Joint Fire Academy graduating class consisted of the first females to graduate the program, but also new firefighters who prove age is just a number, and it's never too late to follow your dreams.
"Today is huge. It's, for my family, it's hard to put in words," said new Eagle Firefighter Tyler Bakken. It wasn't easy for him to get to where he is today, "My journey started in 2006, Cascade Rural Fire District, we were building houses up there, custom homes, and I started, wanted to help out the community, so I started volunteering with the fire department up there," said Bakken.
His journey eventually brought him to the Eagle Fire Department, where he began volunteering in 2009, trying all along the way to pass the test and become a firefighter.