I’ll never forget the morning of the 4th of July in 2011.
My son was 3 ½ months old and we are about to take him down to a neighborhood 4th of July mini-parade. My phone starts to vibrate with text messages with the exciting news that Wenatchee’s Tyler Farrar has just won a sprint stage - Stage 3 in the Tour de France! - on the 4th of July! No American sprinter has won a sprint stage at the Tour de France since. Flash forward to 2017 - Tyler Farrar retires from professional cycling.
One day he was in Belgium and the next he was gone with a one-way plane ticket - for home in the state of Washington.
Flash forward to today - Tyler Farrar works 48-hour shifts for the Kirkland Fire Department. Two days on, two days off. Becoming a firefighter had always been at the back of Tyler's mind - even when he was a senior at Wenatchee High School, winning the downtown Wenatchee criterium, on his prom night.