By Daegiona Wilson
Billy Byler, below left, is the Chaplin for Winfield’s fire and ems stations. Byler Recently moved to Winfield. He took the position of lead pastor at Winfield First Church of the Nazarene and volunteers to be someone that spreads ministry to firefighters and first responders.
Byler enjoyed participating in the memorial stair climb. “The last thing we want to do is forget. We come out here to remember the good thing first responders did,” said Byler.
He found climbing the stairs quite fun. Byler enjoys being active in his free time. This past summer he participated in the pike’s peak marathon.
While he still getting used to Winfield, he very much enjoys being a part of the fire and EMS family.
By Giovianni Allen
Firefighter Douglas Apley, above right, has served for the department for a little over two years now. Before dedicating his time and efforts to the safety of the citizens in Winfield, Apley worked as an aviation technician in western Kansas.
An accident involving his brother ultimately drove Apley to go into to the emergency first responders field. Apley obtained his Fire one and Fire two certifications while attending Hutchinson Community College. He then spent the next year at Cowley County Community College getting his paramedic certification.
In regards to training, Apley said, “Training never stops, we’re going to classes all the time.”
While not on duty Apley enjoys traveling and camping. His favorite trip was driving his truck through Colorado.
For more coverage on this event, go to http://scupdate.org/9-11-memorial-stair-climb-brings-community-closer/ and http://scupdate.org/110-stories-climbed-for-fallen-heroes/