Q&A: Meet Glendale Firefighter recruit Luke Toman

Posted 4/19/21

A little Q&A with Glendale Firefighter recruit Luke Toman.

To Our Valued Readers –

Visitors to our website will be limited to five stories per month unless they opt to subscribe. The five stories do not include our exclusive content written by our journalists.

For $5.99, less than 20 cents a day, digital subscribers will receive unlimited access to YourValley.net, including exclusive content from our newsroom and access to our Daily Independent e-edition.

Our commitment to balanced, fair reporting and local coverage provides insight and perspective not found anywhere else.

Your financial commitment will help to preserve the kind of honest journalism produced by our reporters and editors. We trust you agree that independent journalism is an essential component of our democracy. Please click here to subscribe.

Charlene Bisson, Publisher, Independent Newsmedia

Please log in to continue

Log in
I am anchor

Q&A: Meet Glendale Firefighter recruit Luke Toman


What year did you graduate from Mountain Ridge High School?: 2013.

What years did you attend Glendale Community College?: I attended GCC in 2012 when I was a junior in high school. I took Fire Science and Haz Mat classes. Then in 2015 I took my EMT class.

When did you know you wanted to join Glendale Fire, and what led you to this career?: When I was little the Fire Department saved my mom’s life. After that I decided I wanted to be a firefighter. Every year for Halloween I dressed as a firefighter and never wore another costume. Now I get to put on the turnouts for real. I have watched the yellow fire trucks respond to calls since I was in the second grade and have wanted to be a part of the Glendale Fire Department. I worked on an ambulance in Glendale for four years before I got hired and they always treated me like family. I knew this was where I wanted to be and the people I wanted to work with.

What’s it like being a recruit in training?: Being a recruit is the hardest, best thing I have ever done. It is exhausting and difficult but it is worth every minute.

What has been the best part of your firefighting journey to this point?: The best part of this journey was the moment I got the phone call telling me I was being hired by GFD and would be in the next academy class. I was smiling from ear to ear, my dream had come true.