This month’s Hometown Hero is L Jay Geist.
L Jay was born and grew up in Scott City, Kansas. L Jay attended Scott City High School and graduated in 2001. After graduating, L Jay attended Hutchinson Community College. After College, he moved to Colorado to work for a landscaping company. While in Colorado he also worked as a professional bullfighter in rodeos.
In 2008 J Lay relocated from Colorado to Oklahoma, where he began his career in the fire service. L Jay joined the Hammond/ Elk City Fire Department and served as a Firefighter / Driver Operator.
While attending college at Hutchinson Community College L Jay met the love of his live, April. The two would be married in 2008. They have two children; their son Porter, 7 years old and daughter Hillery who is 5 years old.
In 2016 L Jay joined the El Dorado Fire Department. He currently holds the position of Firefighter / EMT and works on B Shift. L Jay is about to complete his 1 year probationary period and has proven to be a great asset to the department and the community.
L Jay likes to motive the guys on his crew to maintain peak physical fitness. Often times you can catch him in the mornings while on duty acting as the drill sergeant and running the guys on the crew through various different work out techniques and programs during physical fitness time. While it wears the guys out, they know the benefits!
On his days off from the fire station L Jay enjoys spending time with his family, taking in a game of golf with the guys and hunting.
When asked, what is the best aspect of your job in the fire service? L Jay replied, “When I got hired on at Elk City. While you may not end up where you started, your first break is pretty cool!”
L Jay was also asked, what aspect of the fire service do you find most challenging? He replied, “Stressing the importance of physical fitness” (did you expected anything different from the drill sergeant.)
In closing, L Jay was asked what advise he could give those looking to get into the fire service. His reply, “Do ride-a-longs, brush up on interview questions, and be humble.”
L Jay, Thank you for your service to the community!