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Top First Responder: Peter DeForest

Sept. 26, 2012 at 4:26 a.m.

Peter DeForest was chosen as one of GC's Top 5 First Responders for his commitment to the town of Seadrift and his position at Formosa Plastics.

Peter DeForest was nominated by Tayna DeForest.

About Peter DeForest

Age: 39

Positions: Seadrift Volunteer Fire Department member, Formosa Plastics Operator OL-1 unit and Formosa Plastics Operator Emergency Response Team Member

Family: Wife, Stacey, married 16 years. Children

Peter Jr., 14; Gage, 13; Shelby, 12; and Brian, 3.

Peter DeForest was chosen as one of GC's Top 5 First Responders for his commitment to the town of Seadrift and his position at Formosa Plastics. His mother, Tanya DeForest, nominated him for the feature because of his "countless volunteer hours responding to emergency situations in addition to his job and family." She added that he has been applying for grant funding for the Seadrift Area Volunteer Emergency Service (S.A.V.E.S.) since 2004 and has been awarded 19 grants for the organization, totaling up to $252,000 as of July.

At what point did you decide you wanted to be an EMT/volunteer fireman? And why?

Two of my friends were volunteer firefighters. Based on their advice and seeing them respond, I joined the Seadrift Volunteer Fire Department when I was 17.

How long have you been an EMT/volunteer fireman?

Seadrift Volunteer Fire Department - 1990 to present

EMT - 1991 to 1999

Formosa Plastics Emergency Response Team - 1992 to present

What is the most gratifying part of your job?

Helping others and giving back to the community.

As an EMT/volunteer fireman, what was the hardest part during your training?

Formosa Plastics sent us to a pro board-certified, high-angle rescue course a few years back at Texas A&M. The skills testing part was the most difficult training I've ever done.

How do you de-stress from work?

Spending time with family and watching movies.

What hobbies/interests do you have?

History, I write history articles for the Dolphin Talk and Port Lavaca Wave. In July, the Advocate published one of my local history articles for the first time.

Who is your hero and why?

My father, Elmer DeForest, who is a Vietnam Veteran and while still in the service was also part of the support team for Operation Eagle Claw in 1980. Also a cancer survivor and now mayor of the city of Seadrift.

With holidays around the corner, what is on the top of your wish list this year?

My wish is that there be more patience and understanding of children on the autism spectrum, especially in public places where children with autism at times find it hard to cope with sounds, smells and stares from others. I have two boys with autism.

Did you believe in Santa Claus? If so, how old were you when you stopped believing in Santa Claus?

N/A

What are three things that you could not live without?

I cannot live without my family, friends and Seadrift Volunteer Fire Department's family, who make saving life and property possible.

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