Hometown Heroes

. May 29, 2015.
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Terry A. Broshious Jr.

Heavy Mobile Equipment Mechanic, Air National Guard

Family:  Daughter, Taylor, age 10

How does your job help people?

As a member of the Air National Guard, we are part of the United States Air Force. We serve the country when activated by the President for wartime contingency operations that preserve our freedoms athome. Everything we do is for the people and everything we build is of high quality, durable construction that will serve communities for years to come.

How has becoming a dad changed your approach to your job?

It has made me more patient with the younger troops I train, and more careful while working on the heavy construction equipment. This way the equipment can return to the jobs they are doing faster, and I can make it home to see my daughter sooner.

Why did you choose your career?

 I looked up to my dad, who has always been a hard worker, and my grandpa, who served in WWII, both of whom are great parents.  With this background I was always drawn to the military, and whenever I thought about what to do with myself, it always came back to that.

Would you consider yourself a Hero Dad? How does it make you feel?

My daughter says I am a hero.  She is very proud of my being in the Air Force.  It makes me feel great that she thinks of me like that, but I don’t consider myself a “Hero Dad,” just someone that does a job for my country,  tries to do the right things, and raises my daughter to be a good person.

Taylor, how is your dad a hero?

By being in the Air Force my dad is a hero. When he is gone for a long time I am sad; I miss him a lot.  I am most proud of everything he does to help everyone.

What is one lesson you hope to pass down to your child?

Never stop dreaming, always work hard for what you want, and never let anyone tell you differently. 

Dr. Keith Dobracki

Dentist

Family: Wife, Jessica and daughter, Reece-Aviana, 15 months, dog, Destin, a dental comfort dog at the office

How does your job help people?

I get to help people become healthier and create beautiful smiles.  It's incredibly rewarding to see a person change their oral hygiene habits and the rest of their body improvements follow suit.  

What does your family think about what you do?

My wife loves it and really enjoys stopping by the office to spend time with patients. My daughter loves all the shiny objects that light up.

How has becoming a dad changed your approach to your job?

It has made it more fun. Having a child makes my approach to treating children much more enjoyable and rewarding. 

What is one lesson you hope to pass down to your child?

No matter what you do in life, do it because you enjoy it. The rest will fall into place.

Do you ever have to be away from your family? If so, how often?

I teach at The University of Michigan and lecture for a couple companies so, sometimes, the travel schedule can get a little hectic. Thank goodness for Facetime and Skype.

Would you consider yourself a Hero Dad? How does it make you feel?

I just consider myself a good dad. The hero in our family is mom. I work hard and love time with our daughter. How my wife selflessly accomplishes what she does still blows my mind.  We make a great super-team and have an amazing little girl to be thankful for.

Joe Davis

Paramedic

Family: Wife and two sons, ages 9 and 5

How does your job help people?

I provide transportation to the hospital for medical emergencies while providing medical treatment. I also transport patients to doctor appointments between different hospitals.

Why did you choose your career?

I have always loved to help people.

What does your family think about what you do?

My family is very understanding of the long hours I have. My children know that my job is all about helping people.

How has becoming a dad changed your approach to your job?

Fatherhood hasn't really changed my approach, but if anything, it does make me more focused on giving the best care possible because I know that the patient is someone’s family member.

What is one lesson you hope to pass down to your children?

If you are able to help someone, do it, because it is your duty as a human and an American to pitch in when you can.

Do you ever have to be away from your family? If so, how often?

I currently work 12 hour shifts, 3 or 4 times a week, so I do have to miss getting the boys ready for school, putting them on or off the bus, helping with homework, activities, including sports, my children are involved in, and school activities.

Would you consider yourself a Hero Dad? How does it make you feel?

No, it makes me happy to make a difference when it’s someone’s worst day.