Student seen in firefighter calendar

By Tamiko McKinney

Don Birmingham. Courtesy Photo
Bree Pashman will be featured for the month of November 2013 in the Kansas Firefighter Calendar.

Newman University junior Bree Pashman made her debut in the 2013 Kansas Firefighters Cal­endar. The calendar, which was released Oct. 12, showcases Pahs­man in the month of November.

The Kansas Firefighter Calen­dar contest is open to every fire­fighter in the state. Pashman is a member of the Wichita Sedgwick County Fire Reserves and decided to try out for the calendar for fun. About 20 applicants competed in a talent and modeling contest in July.

For her talent, Pashman com­pleted a rubix cube in less than two minutes. The contest win­ners were announced on the ra­dio a week later.

“I was asleep when they an­nounced it, but I was very excited when I found out I made it,” Pash­man said.

Since 2011, the Kansas Fire­fighters have made and sold cal­endars as part of their fundrais­ing campaign for Coats for Kids across Kansas. The funds from calendar sales are used to pur­chase coats, hats, scarves and gloves that they then distribute to kids in need.

Pashman became attracted to firefighting last November when she visited a friend at a fire sta­tion working on Thanksgiving. What she thought would be a brief visit turned into a four hour stay.

“I just fell in love with it,” Pash­man said.

She began a 12-week training in January and completed her firefighting tests in April. Pash­man enjoys the variety of oppor­tunities firefighting offers.

“It’s not a typical job,” Pash­man said. “One single day isn’t the same as the next. I also get to serve the community and that is very rewarding.”

To see pictures from Pash­man’s photo shoot, check out the Kansas Firefighter Calendar page on Facebook. The 2013 calendars cost $15 and can be purchased at

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