Friday, November 15, 2013
Firefighter Beau Archambeau, 26, of West Ashley, has been with Summerville for just over a year.
He grew up on Pawleys Island and graduated in 2009 from the College of Charleston with a BS in Business Administration. He worked for a while as a manager at Zaxbys but, he says, he always knew that firefighting was what he wanted to do.
“My dad was a firefighter – a battalion chief for Midway then a paramedic in Georgetown. He loved it so much he went back to school to become a doctor.”
“I was going to go into the military after high school,” says Archambeau, “but my dad wanted me to at least try college. ‘Try it out and just to see’ my dad told me so I did and ended up spending four years there.”
In 2010 he began volunteering at Pine Ridge Fire Department and is still active with them.
Currently third driver/assistant engineer is the next step, he says, but admits that he has a “lofty goal” of eventually working his way up to chief of a department.
His next step is a master’s program through Oklahoma State University, which enables him to take the majority of his courses online via distance learning, leaving only nine hours that must be taken on campus. He wants to get his master’s in fire service administration.
But his wife, Kristen, is in pharmacy school and at the moment, he says, they can’t afford two tuitions. His turn will be next.
He is so new to the department he hasn’t had a lot of experiences however, he says, he has certainly had a bad one. “My first fatality had a real impact on me…we couldn’t help the person, they were dead on arrival.”
At home he and his wife have a cat – LeeLoo.
Archambeau enjoys surfing and golf and spending time with friends. “My wife is my best friend.”
He likes target shooting and fishing and enjoys movies and music.
A musician himself, he plays the guitar and the trumpet. “I used to perform but haven’t in years,” he says. He played with the wind ensemble at COC.
He likes cooking and says he likes to think he’s pretty good at it.
Currently he is at Station One but in a month, he says, he will be going to the new fire station in Kightville.
He met his wife in high school in 2003 and they have been together ever since. They married in 2010.
He came to the area for school and ended up staying and really likes it here. When his wife finishes school he is really hoping she will find a job locally so they can stay.
His goals are simple – kids some day and successful careers for both his wife and himself.