When it comes to serving his community, there’s not much that Joseph Hauck doesn’t do. The firefighter and EMT also works in a hospital emergency room, volunteers time to educate children on fire safety, and is continuing his own education so he can save even more lives. His service and enthusiasm inspire entire communities and landed him a well-deserved finalist spot in the Real Heroes Wear Badges, Not Capes contest.

When eight people nominated Hauck for the award, our office couldn’t help but take notice and be immensely impressed at the impact the young man has on his community. For seven years, he has served the Williamstown Fire Company as a firefighter and Monroe Township Emergency Medical Services as an EMT. Hauck also works in the emergency room at Kennedy Memorial Hospital in Washington Township. He visits elementary schools in uniform to teach children about fire safety. With aspirations of finishing paramedic training and becoming a flight medic, it seems Hauck is committed to a future of courageous work for the good of his community. For him, heroism isn’t a singular act, but a lifestyle of service.

Look for our feature on Walt Hughes, Jr., an honorable mention and one of the many inspiring contest nominees, next week!

Check back for Joseph J. Hauck’s full story, and other tales of heroism from the courageous first responders across South Jersey and the Philadelphia Metro region, in our Real Heroes Wear Badges, Not Capes gallery, coming soon.