Scott Swiniarski didn't always plan to be a but he's glad he is one.
Even in -- and perhaps especially in -- situations like a recent one in which he
His career path started with a big switch.
Swiniarski's wife Tracy is a teacher in Methuen. When they dated, Swiniarski was in college studying to be an accountant.
"But I figured sitting around working with numbers wasn't really for me," he said. So in his senior year he decided he wanted to be a firefighter. The night he discussed this with his then-girlfriend Tracy, her apartment building in Worcester caught fire.
So that settled that.
Now 13 years later, Swiniarski is settled in a career helping to protect his home town.
"I like hanging out with the guys, as long as the guys can take a joke," he said. "And this lets me be home with my two young daughters."