NFL Player Erron Kinney Promotes Heart-Health at Firehouse World
|Monday, 02 April 2007|
Kinney featured in article, Podcast on Firehouse.com
Erron Kinney, tight end for the NFL team Tennessee Titans, is featured in an article and Podcast on Firehouse.com for his efforts to promote heart-health in the emergency services as spokesperson for the National Volunteer Fire Council's (NVFC) Heart-Healthy Firefighter Program. In addition to his professional football career, Kinney is a dedicated volunteer firefighter and is committed to spreading the message of heart-health to his fellow firefighters.
"It's something great that I'm glad to be a part of," Kinney said of the Heart-Healthy Firefighter Program. "Firefighters are having heart attacks at an alarming rate. We need to get healthy and do something about it."
Kinney spoke to Firehouse.com while promoting firefighter health at Firehouse World in San Diego this week. He was there as part of the NVFC's Heart-Healthy Firefighter booth, which offers free health screenings, cooking demonstrations, and important heart-health information to firefighters and emergency personnel across the nation. Kinney's interview is the subject of an article and Podcast on the Firehouse.com web site.
"The goal is to get the overall profession healthier, volunteer and paid and anybody involved in the fire service," Kinney said. "We want to encourage firefighters to adopt a healthier lifestyle so they can answer more calls and be of better service to their communities."
Kinney's own lifelong commitment to the fire service began when he was a child and never stopped. He became a junior firefighter at the age of 13 and has been actively involved in the fire service ever since. He currently serves as a lieutenant in the Williamson County Rescue Squad in Grassland, TN, and as a deputy chief for the Shady Grove Fire Department in Hickman County, TN.
Drafted into the NFL in 2000, firefighting remains a passion for Kinney. He notes that football has enabled him to expand his involvement in the fire service through opportunities such as the Heart-Healthy Firefighter Program. "I have a heart for the fire service and football has given me a platform to be immersed in it and involved in many ways," he said. Kinney also serves as spokesperson for Fire Safe Tennessee and is a member of the Tennessee State Fire Commission.
One day, when his football career is over, Kinney plans to be involved in the fire service full time. "It's something I love," he explains. "It's near and dear to me. It's a big part of my life and what I do. It's a part of me."
To read more about Erron Kinney and hear the Podcast of the entire Firehouse.com interview, visit http://cms.firehouse.com/content/article/article.jsp?id=53632§ionId=46.
You can meet Erron Kinney at the NVFC's Heart-Healthy Firefighter booth during the Fire Department Instructor's Conference (FDIC), April 19th – 21st in Indianapolis, IN.