Posted on in by Mark Macenas

I finished my last 24-hour shift at the fire house this morning and now off to work my 8 hour part-time security job. Being away from my family for 32 hours at a time really stinks, but I'm very fortunate to have two fantastic jobs that provide us with another income. My daughter has had a nasty upper respiratory virus for about a week now so she's been a bit unhappy. We're definitely going through the 'terrible twos'  with her as well. So Everything right now is, "NO NO NO no no...... I'll do it myself!" Those of you that have a child, know what I mean. My mother and father help us take care of her when my wife and I are both working. This is another part of my life I'm very thankful for. My Fire Dept. work schedule consists of five 24-hour work shifts with 24-hours off in between and when I'm finished with a work cycle I have 6 days off. The days I'm not scheduled at the fire house or my part-time job is when Daddy gets to stay home and play. I cherish my days off with my daughter and REALLY enjoy when I have a not so common, full weekend off, just the three of us.

Life with Daddy

Being a father is such an amazing experience filled with so many moments that melt my heart. It seems like just yesterday my wife gave us this beautiful little girl. I'm learning how to be the best Father and husband I can each and every day. I learn something new everyday at home as well as within my firefighting career.  I've realized just as my daughter grows and changes, so do we. I'm learning how to have more patients with my daughter, and not to neglect the fact that my beautiful wife still needs time for herself as well.


In 1998, I received my Bachelors Degree in 2-Dimensional studio art from Colby-Sawyer College in New London, NH. For years I struggled producing paintings that I was just not satisfied with. From 1994-1998 I discovered a passion for printmaking, but when I graduated from undergraduate studies the very expensive printing press stayed at the college. 15 years later, I've finally got my hands on my own press. Now I can take the bookmark out of the chapter where I left of 15 years ago, and continue my journey with this passion. All while staying fit, firefighting, fathering and being the best husband I can.


Mark Macenas

I’m professional full time firefighter in North Carolina.

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