Meet Firefighter Paramedic Dan Morino!
Dan Morino grew up wanting to be a firefighter. When he was young, he watched the television show “Emergency,” and he also vividly remembers a special experience he had with firefighters. One day, Dan saw a firefighter riding standing up on the back of a fire truck, as they used to do. The firefighter dropped his glove, so Dan picked it up and brought it home. Dan’s mom called the fire department, and when they came to retrieve the glove, they thanked Dan by pinning a badge on his shirt. This event stuck with him and may have even led to his twenty-plus year firefighting career.
Firefighter Morino was hired by the Saratoga Fire District as a volunteer in 1994 and received a full-time appointment in 1999. Since that time, he has worked at the Saratoga Fire Station, including twelve years as a paramedic. Firefighter Morino considers his crew to be his second family and Saratoga to be his home away from home. Every year, he looks forward to the annual Pancake Breakfast that helps raise funds for the Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation.
When asked if there is one experience that is particularly memorable, Firefighter Morino relays the story of helping to save a local teen who crashed his truck into a creek on Christmas Day in 2002. Every Christmas since, that boy (now an adult) and his family visit the station to thank him. Because of this and many other experiences, Firefighter Morino looks forward to continuing to serve the community of Saratoga.