From Helping to Save Community Homes Financially. To Helping Saving Lives
Rayshad Russell is a talented drummer, loving husband, son, and friend. After nearly ten years working in the banking industry, in 2016 he decided he wanted to give back to his community in a different way and became a firefighter in Buffalo, NY. In this interview, he tells us why and what else the future holds.
Charles Clark: Thanks for taking out the time Brotha!
Rayshad Russell: Thank you for asking!
CC: First question, Who is Rayshad Russell?
RR: Rayshad Russell is a strong, intelligent, humble, and professional young African American man who strives for excellence in all that he endeavors to do.
CC: After building a career in the banking industry, you decided you become a fireman. Why?
RR: Well, on the one hand, I loved my job in the banking industry, because it gave me great pleasure to work in an industry where I could interact with customers and clients, who entrusted me with the task of helping them to plan and make sound financial decisions. Also, I enjoyed guiding them towards setting realistic goals that would help them to ultimately enhance and secure their lives in the short and long term.
My decision to completely change my career path and leave the banking field altogether was not a quick and easy one. It required many hours of contemplation, soul searching, long conversations with my wife; where we weighed the pros and cons of such a major decision, and- fervent prayer and meditation. Ultimately, my yearning for something more, while continuing in my passion to be a positive and proactive public servant, helping my fellow citizens in a more active, exciting, hands-on fashion, coupled with the added job security, intrigued and convinced me that this was the right decision for myself and my family.
CC: What was your experience during training?
RR: Training was no joke. It was intense, vigorous, and at times exhausting; but it was certainly worth every second of all of the components, including the rigorous tests, drills, routines, and every extensive task that was required, necessary, and mandatory for each and every recruit to excel in to earn the right to officially enter into such an important, life-saving field of work.
CC: What did you learn about yourself during your training to become a fireman?
RR: I learned that I could press forward, persevering against all odds, and succeed. I learned that I had become a member of a new, true brotherhood of men (and women) who had what it takes; the will, mental, physical, and intestinal fortitude- to enter into a rewarding, satisfying, but always potentially dangerous job field, with the knowledge that each and every day you willingly face the possibility of literally putting your life on the line to assist, protect, and save others. I have a newfound respect for my fellow firefighters and this noble profession. I do not take it lightly. I am honored to be a humble public servant.
CC: What’s next for Rayshad Russell?
RR: I am presently getting acclimated into this new role as a firefighter, but who knows what the future holds? I always strive to stay healthy conscious and trying to live a healthy lifestyle, which includes eating right, exercising, and enjoying quality time with my wife, family, and extended family. I am in a good place at the moment, extremely happy and proud of this stepping stone I have achieved. The world is my oyster, and my light on my path is shining bright. I am truly a blessed man.
CC: Again thank you Brotha!
RR: Thank you, Charles!