WESTPORT, Conn. Becoming a firefighter wasn't something Nick Marsan pursued right out of high school. Instead, the 38-year-old was inspired to join the fire service after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
"I was OK with what I was doing until 9/11," said the Westport firefighter. Prior to the attacks, he was involved with his family's now 30-year-old restaurant business in Norwalk. "I think for everyone, everything changed, and 9/11 helped me reassess what was important to me."
During the 90s, Marsan served eight years in the Army. In reassessing what he was doing with his life, he realized he would be most successful at serving the community.
The inspiration he felt after Sept. 11 was further fueled by his younger brother, who, in response to the attacks, served in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
"I realized, despite the fact I was a little older, I still felt there was something I could do," Marsan said.
That's why he worked toward becoming a firefighter. And in 2007, his hard work paid off when he was hired by the Westport department.
Not only was Marsan inspired to serve the community, he was driven to again serve his country. One year before becoming a firefighter, he rejoined the military as a staff sergeant with the 102nd Infantry of the Connecticut National Guard. His unit was stationed in Afghanistan for a year beginning in 2009.
"Some people could argue that I already served, but I felt I had more to give and I chose to do it," said Marsan.
Now in his fourth year as a firefighter, Marsan said he "absolutely" made the right decision.
"Every time we get called, it's because people need us to help them," he said. "Every day I come into work, I don't want people to have a bad day, but if they do, I want to be there to help them."
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