Meet Golden Valley Firefighter Chris Gemlo

Years after joining the Fire Department, Chris Gemlo was looking through some old homework from first grade and found a stick figure drawing of a firefighter next to the question, “what do you want to be when you grow up?”

“I had forgotten about that,” he says. Now a real estate agent by profession and a gardener and woodworker by hobby, Gemlo also participates annually in the Kelly Drive Pumpkin Festival. His childhood firefighter hopes resurfaced when he looked to get more involved in the community.

The more Gemlo looked into it, the more confident he got. “You don’t have to be the big burly guy to be a firefighter,” he says. Turns out, even a stick figure can do it.