Fires On And Off The Mound
Many Frisco fans know pitcher Tim Murphy for firing fastballs off the mound. He always dreamed of playing professional baseball but if that didn’t work out, he had a backup plan: becoming a firefighter.
“It was something I always thought was a cool job and I don’t know if it was in my blood or what but it was something that I always thought I’d get into if baseball didn’t work out,” Murphy said.
Both of Murphy’s parents worked for Southern California fire departments.
“My dad worked for Vista Fire Department which is the city I grew up in and my mom worked for Escondido Fire Department,” Murphy said. “My dad was a firefighter/paramedic and ended up being a battalion chief. My mom originally started as a registered nurse and a base hospital coordinator. The way they used to do it back in the day was the hospital was in charge of it so she kind of oversaw three or four fire departments and then the fire departments started a specialized position for it and that’s when she moved over. They both recently retired a couple of years ago last December.”
Murphy said him and his family spent a lot of time going to firehouses growing up.
“We’d go all the time. My dad would work 24-hour shifts so it would be 24 hours on and 24 hours off,” Murphy said. “On any of the big holidays a lot of the families would go in and say hi. We’d always go in and take pies to them.”
Both baseball and firefighting have similar aspects to them including the relationships guys form to achieve a common goal.
“I feel like it’s kind of like baseball. Those guys have camaraderie too,” Murphy said. “I feel like they have a bond between them that’s what they need to that job.”
When asked if he would ever consider becoming a firefighter after his baseball career, Murphy laughed and said it would depend on how old he is.
“I mean if I’m young enough it would take at least two or three years for me to be able to accomplish that or get to the level where I definitely want to do it,” Murphy said. “To be a firefighter out there you also have to be a paramedic. They don’t really hire just firefighters anymore. You have to have a dual role so I’d have to go to paramedic school, go to the fire academy, take all my fire science classes, and finish my degree so it’s a two to three year process.”
Story by Jarah Wright