Ben McDermott with YMCA “Littles” Logan Darrington and Julian Ortega

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Get To Know Ben And Why He Said Yes To Being A Model

How did you get roped into doing this, and what was your first thought when asked?

I was asked by the co-workers.  They said that they signed me up and I had no choice!!

Why did you say yes?

I enjoy helping people, especially kids.  This is a great cause and I’m happy to help out.

What is your official job title?

Firefighter/Paramedic with the city of Nampa Fire Department.

How would you describe your job to your mother?

Hours of intense boredom interrupted by moments of shear terror.  Not really..Yes we respond to fires, car crashes, and other large scale terrible events but those make up such a small part of what we do.  The day to day stuff is much more mundane but still very meaningful.  I might be a call to help someone up or change their smoke detector batteries because they can’t reach them.  Getting ducks out of drains or supplying brand new winter jackets for kids.  The best part is it’s never the same thing day in and day out.  You never know what might be next!!!

All families are unique, tell us about yours.

I’ve been married to the most understanding and forgiving wife imaginable!!  Monique and I been together for 20 years, most of my career in the EMS field.  She’s dealt with missed holidays, and birthdays, and my mood swings after a long 48 hour shift!  We have three kids Chelsey is 23 and the mother to two adorable babies, Maddox and Sailor.  Cameron is 18.  He is gradationing high school in May and will play college soccer someplace.  Cooper is 12.  He is in 6th grade.  He’s too smart for his own good.  A video game junkie.  He has a heart of gold and really is the sweetest kid (when he wants to be)!!

Tell us about your personal passions, talents, and/or hobbies.

I love traveling.  Seeing the world and going new places is my favorite thing to do!!

What is something that you swore you would never do as a parent before you had kids that you do now?

I always said I would never say “maybe” to my kids.  When I was growing up that always meant no.  I swore that I would just tell my kids yes or no!  Well that didn’t work.  My go to answer now is “maybe” or “ask your mom”  when I don’t want to be the bad guy.

Who inspired you when you were growing up, and why?

My parents..they were hard working and loving.  Not perfect by any means but always did what they felt was right.  They made sure we had all the necessities even if it meant they had to go without.  I had a wonderful childhood and wouldn’t trade for anything. I strive to be the parent that they were.

If you could go back and talk to your 12-year-old self, what would you say?

Calm down!!  You’ll do great things and life will get better!!  The Tween years were the toughest for me.  Every set back was a disaster and it seemed like life would never get better.  Peers feedback was super important, and it wasn’t always positive.  It felt like years of being hypercritical were never going to stop.  Thankfully things got better and I feel like I’ve done a few great things!!