Hillsboro Firefighter Earns Badge, Then Proposes to His Girlfriend
The Hillsboro Fire Department pinned badges on two probationary firefighters Wednesday evening, and one of them immediately turned around and proposed to his girlfriend.
Hillsboro Fire Department Chief Scott Magers, suffering from laryngitis, delegated the swearing-in duties to Battalion Chief Brian Washam. Chief Washam first administered the oath of office to firefighter Chad Farber. Washam then turned to 27-year-old Taylor Mehringer, administered the oath, and asked Mehringer's girlfriend to pin on his new badge. Once completed, Mehringer dropped to one knee and proposed to 31-year-old Amanda Gisler. Fortunately for all, she said, "Yes."
Training Chief Jeff Gurske congratulated the firefighters for their dedication and hard work. He also acknowledged their families for their sacrifices considering the amount of off-duty study time that was required.
Nearly 60 people, including staff and family members, attended the event held at the Hillsboro Fire Department's Cherry Lane Fire Station. The firefighters receive their badges after six months of intensive skills training, followed by another six months of observation to ensure compatibility with the Department's culture.
The Hillsboro Fire Department serves roughly 100,000 residents from five stations. The Department's mission is "responding to the needs of the community while demonstrating professionalism and excellence in every aspect of our fire service delivery system."