2020 Micro-Grant Winner: Blake Toth
Blake grew up in Maine and prior to getting into fire served 5 years in the Marine Corps as a Helicopter Door Gunner. Taking advantage of his aviation training and experience he now works as a Helicopter Crew-Member on a Helitack Crew in Southern California. Outside of Fire, Blake is an active member within the Veteran community. From running ultra endurance events raising thousands of dollars for different Veteran organizations to providing mentorship to those who need it.
Grant Category: Photography/Writing
Project Title: Veterans In Fire
I passionately believe there is no greater service than service to others. The vision is to highlight Veterans on the fire line and share their stories. For me, fire saved my life and I know I’m not alone. This project will explore the story behind the Veteran, what got them into fire, how it has helped them mentally, and why is it they continue to serve.
Favorite thing about firefighting:
The brotherhood. The motto for Veterans in Fire is: “Keeping the Brotherhood Alive.” After the military many veterans lose that. Fire gives it back.