Vincent Ragusa from Nightwatch

Vincent Ragusa

New Orleans Police Department: Suppression

Why I Decided to Become a Firefighter

When I was 7, I came home from school and saw fire trucks in front of my house. My neighbor’s house caught fire and spread to my house. The fire department was able to contain it to the kitchen. Most of my family’s possessions were saved. After that, all I wanted to do was to become a firefighter.

What I Love About My Job

I love being a firefighter because it gives me the opportunity to help others in need. It’s a job like no other. You never know what is going to happen from one day to the next. When the tone goes off, you know someone is in need of your help. When you become a firefighter you become a member of a big family, always looking out and helping each other.


When I’m off from work, I enjoy spending time with my family. Both of my kids are involved in sports. I love watching them compete and play. Even though I have to miss some of their games and meets because of my job, I still try to get the play-by-play from my wife.