Billy Thompson and his 19-year-old daughter Alexis spent 16 weeks studying and spending Saturdays at boot camp to become the first father/daughter team to graduate in the same Hill College class. “It’s been fun going through it together because we had each other for support and helping out,” Billy said.
While he always wanted to be in some aspect of fire fighting, Billy could never fit training into his busy schedule. It wasn’t until his daughter showed interest that he was inspired to find a program they could both complete while continuing to work. Once the duo committed to the training, they began conditioning work together to prepare for Saturdays running through training exercises while loaded down with equipment.
Alexis has a passion for being a first responder. “I wanted to do something to make a difference. It was just a question of military, firefighting, or being an EMT.”
Billy, on the other hand, had even more obstacles to overcome. “We knew we were going to be running upstairs, toting gear and wearing tanks, going through the Burn House…For me, I wanted to make really sure because I knew I was going to be going up against a bunch of younger kids.”
As a dad, Billy will always be worried about his daughter pursuing a career as a first-responder, but that he’s confident in her ability. “She’s my daughter after all so I think about that definitely…but she never struggled with any part of the class,” he said. “Everything’s based on teamwork and looking out for each other, so that makes me feel better.”