What do you remember most about your first jump?
I was surprised by how quiet it was! After your parachute opens, you’re just floating in the air until you land. It’s so peaceful.
Do you ever get nervous?
Definitely. But I try to remember that my fear keeps me safe. Being scared means I’m paying attention to my surroundings. That’s important in my job.
What advice do you have for pushing past fear?
Visualize yourself doing the thing that you’re nervous about. Then visualize yourself succeeding. What does that look like? This can help you feel brave and confident.
What do you love most about your job?
I love being outdoors, and my team is like my family. The U.S. Forest Service smokejumpers have been around since the 1940s. We’re proud of that!