Maumee Firefighter Battling California Wildfires

Maumee Firefighter Battling California Wildfires

MAUMEE, OH (WTOL) - A Maumee man is one of nearly 14,000 firefighters battling the wildfires in California.

Michael Peachman's family told WTOL 11 while they're nervous about him being there, they know it's what he was meant to do.

"I'm so proud of him. I'm so excited for him. At the same time I'm scared to death for him."

Since graduating a year ago, Michael's been an EMT, a firefighter in Waterville and soon to be firefighter for Maumee Fire Department. He's currently on his second deployment in California with limited access to phones to speak to his family.

However, it isn't the lack of communication worrying them as much as what they're seeing on TV and social media.

"It's worse when you're seeing it on social media and you're seeing it on the news," said his mother Terrin Lubinski. "He's sending the pictures that he sends of what he does when he gets a chance. Those pictures, I wake up to them, with the news in the background talking about the same thing and it's hard."

His fiancé Christina Thomas said Michael does his best to put on a brave face when he describes to her what he's doing out there but admits some days can be tough.

"There's times when he's like this sucks," said Thomas. "You're getting no sleep at times. The heat is just exhausting for him. Especially wearing as much clothes that they have to wear."

Through his struggles, though, his family feels comfort he's working side by side with people who've been doing this for 20 years, as well as veterans and military personnel.

"I am so thankful he has people that will encourage him and never let him come down or bring him down," said Lubinski. "He has that group that will always uplift him and keep a positive attitude about everything."

Peachman is scheduled to come home from California August 22nd.