Welcome to our Firefighter spotlight section, recognizing the dedication and passion put forth by our members.
“In the middle of difficulty, lies opportunity.” -Albert Einstein
Firefighter Meagan Preston, born and raised in Langley, B.C., lived in the lower-mainland most of her life. In 2013, she made her way over the other side of the mountain, to Merritt. After settling in the community a year later, Firefighter M.Preston decided to follow her father’s example and “give back to my community the way he did.” Firefighter M.Preston’s dad served as a firefighter and an advanced life support (ALS) paramedic; his experience served to instill a passion for life as a first responder from a young age. When asked about the decision to continue to serve almost 6 years later, M. Preston notes that she “loves being a part of something so much bigger than I ever imagined. Being able to help make a difference during a difficult moment for an individual or a family is the most rewarding part.” M. Preston reflects on some of the key takeaways from experiencing the fire service for herself, “it’s not about the shiny truck or the sirens, the uniform or the title. it’s so much bigger than people can imagine. It’s about being humble, accepting that sometimes you fail during training and having the drive and desire to do it again until you get it right, challenging yourself, working hard and always striving to be better than you were yesterday, mentally and physically.” For this reason, M. Preston notes that she wants to continue to take courses and build on her skills in specialized areas of the fire service “to be an even greater asset to the department as a whole”. Outside the firehall, M.Preston works as an Independent Contractor in Marketing Communications and Project Management, but you can also find her at her husband’s (and fellow firefighter) autobody shop, Preston Customs Autobody and Paint. When reflecting on the past year, Firefighter M. Preston notes the individuals that have supported and inspired her…her husband Darren, her daughter Victoria, parents Rob & Maureen, sisters Nicole & Raelyn, Aunt Norma and her extended family and friends both inside and outside the firehall. We want to thank Firefighter M. Preston and her family for their continued service to the community.