Tianna Kearsing is the 2011 Hometown Hero from the Cosumnes Fire Department. She is a firefighter / paramedic and has been with the Cosumes Fire Department for 10 years. She has spent countless hours as a volunteer with the Firefighter's Burn Institute. The Burn Institute was founded by the Sacramento Area Firefighters Local 522 in 1973, for the purpose of establishing a local burn treatment facility; providing recovery programs for burn survivors; providing fire and burn prevention through public education; funding education for burn team professionals, firefighters, and burn survivors; and supporting burn treatment and rehabilitation research.
Tianna became involved with the annual Boot Drive in 2006. She shared the Coordinator job for the first 2 years and has coordinated the event for the last 4 years. This annual event raises almost $30,000 each year. Tianna's efforts have generated over $160,000 for the Burn Institute.
Tianna lives in Wilton, and has been a local resident for most of her life. Her husband of three years, Jason, is a member of the Elk Grove Police Department. He works tirelessly alongside Tianna in her Boot Drive endeavors, and she often refers to him as her angel.
The Boot Drive has actually become an event for Tianna's entire family. In addition to Jason, her parents, Bob and Vicky Boyd, sister Heidi and nephews Zach and Maxx - are always helping in one way or another - whether it be installing the big digital sign boards at the intersection, or counting out thousands of dollars to be deposited in the bank.
Tianna is grateful for the support of her Fire Department and the assistance of her fellow firefighters, along with the amazing support of the Elk Grove community. Local businesses donate food for the volunteers, and supply prizes for the raffle drawings, and the enormous American flag to fly off the fire truck, and those digital sign boards to warn motorists of the event. And then there is the phenomenal generosity of all those motorists who dig through their pockets and purses for change and bills and lottery tickets, and even a diamond ring one year. The weather for this last boot drive, held on March 19, was probably the worst we'd had here in Elk Grove for any previous boot drives - it was so nasty that Tianna had to make the decision to shut down early because her volunteers were wet and cold to the bone. Yet it seemed to have no impact on the giving spirit of our community members - donations totaled $28,155.57.
Says Tianna, "I absolutely love my job and am grateful to have the chance to work as a Fire Fighter. It truly is the best job in the world and it has given me the opportunity to become involved with the Fire Fighter’s Burn Institute Boot Drive. We have a wonderful community supporting our event and a fantastic Fire Department that helps make this possible."
Tianna is truly deserving of the 2011 Elk Grove Rotary Hometown Hero Award.