We have brought you many American Heroes... Injured military vets, Ative military personnel, Police officers, Firefighters, EMTs, Off-duty officers, and more.
This time its Rob Verhelst - a US Air Force veteran and current Madison, WI firefighter.
But Rob has big ambitions beyond fighting fires and responding to medical emergencies. Rob is a husband, father, motivational speaker, fitness trainer, life coach... and now he's an ambassador for the non-profit organization Code 3 For A Cure.
Code 3 For A Cure helps firefighters diagnosed with cancer, especially those facing financial hardship. Code 3 For A Cure does this by "providing support, giving encouragement, and sharing experiences." They also provide financial assistance to firefighters and select non-profit cancer organizations.
So what is Rob doing as an ambassador? He's raising awareness and money! Pretty effectively!!
Rob is competing in multiple Ironman Triathlon's. Don't forget, the Ironman is:
- 2.4 mile swim
- 112 mile bike
- 26.2 mile marathon
But after his 2.4 mile swims and 112 mile bikes, Rob runs the 26.2 mile marathons in full firefighter gear!! Complete with turnout gear, air tank and fire helmet!!
On his website - www.FiremanRob.com - he says, "Your strength is your passion."
His next event is in a few days... the Ironman World Championship in Kona, HI on October 13, 2012.
Go Rob... for the benefit of Code 3 For A Cure!!
And check out this video of Rob finishing the Ironman Wisconsin on 9/11/11 ... exactly 10 years after Rob went to NYC to personally work at Ground Zero for 8 straight days!