December 31, 2023

40 Under 40: Jerry Donaldson, 39

1.1 min read| Published On: December 31st, 2023|

By Akers Editorial

40 Under 40: Jerry Donaldson, 39

1.1 min read| Published On: December 31st, 2023|

Jerry Donaldson, 39

Occupation: Firefighter/paramedic (Rank: lieutenant), Eustis

What I do: I manage the daily operations of the shift personnel, apparatus and equipment of my assigned fire station. I also go on calls for emergencies. 

My inspiration: I grew up down the street from a firehouse and thought it would be a cool job, especially because of the team aspect. I began fire academy in 2007, then EMT school in 2008. I started at my first department in 2009.

Why it’s my passion: I love the unknown. Not knowing what the next call will be when the tones drop. I love the team aspect of working together to accomplish a task or goal and feeling like I have made a difference.

Notable achievement: It was a great accomplishment to be promoted to a company officer, but when I became an instructor at the fire academy, it meant a lot because the mentors I had in my early years inspired me so I felt I could do the same. 

Words of wisdom: Put in the work! You will stumble, you will fall and there may be times you think you won’t make it, but without these obstacles and moments, the prize wouldn’t be as sweet.

Outside the firehouse: I love to spend time with my family and to watch my kids at their sporting events. I also love also doing home projects

Life after 40: I want to continue to teach the next generation of firefighters and prepare them to have a long and safe career. Spending time with my family and watching my kids grow is really what motivates me.

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