Face of the frontline for August 19 Edition

Nathan Shields

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Editor’s Note: The Herald has partnered with Botetourt County Fire & EMS to highlight the men and women that are keeping the county safe during this uncertain time.

I moved with my family to southern Botetourt in 2003 and started attending elementary school at Colonial Elementary. I have grown up in southern Botetourt and it is what I know as home. I quickly became active in the county and the things it had to offer such as recreational league soccer, Boy Scouts of America, Backpacking the Appalachian Trail and canoeing along the James river to name a few.

I graduated from Lord Botetourt High School and started volunteering at Read Mountain Fire & EMS as an EMT-Basic the same year. My years of volunteering quickly evolved into me going to Paramedic school and working part-time for Botetourt Fire & EMS. This past spring I had the privilege of attending the Regional Fire & EMS academy where I received the training to become a full-time member of Botetourt Fire & EMS.

Today when I am not serving the citizens and guests of Botetourt County, I can be found partaking in the many outdoor activities Botetourt has to offer alongside my fiancé. Botetourt has been my home for much of my life and I look forward to continuing to give back to the county that has so much to offer.

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