(WAND) — Zachary Jeffers’ dream of becoming a firefighter has come true thanks to a generous donation by the Blue Crew Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club.
“I mean, since I was little I wanted to be a firefighter. It’s the only thing I do and it’s my world,” Jeffers told WAND News.
Each year, the club sponsors Illinois Fire Research Institute students in honor of Pesotum firefighter and founding member of the Blue Crew Motorcycle Club, Chaz McCrone. Macron lost his life in 2018.
“When I think I’ll get it. I’m a Bravo 10 – nothing special. So it was a big shock and I was excited.
Jeffers is a graduate of the Illinois Fire Association and plans to join the Eastern Prairie Fire District upon graduation from the Illinois Fire District.
“This opens so many doors for me. The initiation and acceptance of joining the fire brigade, and with my brothers and sisters in this field, if I don’t open my arms to acceptance, I will never be there.” There was a door that I didn’t expect,” said Jeffers. Added.
His schooling is now covered by the Blue Crew Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club.
“This is the first step for these young men and women to come here and get a baseline in firefighting skills,” said Tom Shubert, director of firefighter programs at the Illinois Fire Association. told WAND News.
Made up of police officers, military personnel, first responders and firefighters, the club sponsors one student each year and continues the legacy of late firefighter Chaz McCrone.
“Most of the time, we try to get the copayers together. The department picks up some people, so we try to find the copayers so we can help them.” Randy Shannon, president of the Blue Crew Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club, explains:
Shannon said it’s important to support the next class of firefighters who save lives in their communities.
“We don’t do this for publicity, we just do this to let donors know where their money went,” Shannon added.
Click here for more information on the club’s upcoming fundraising efforts.
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