Meet Big House Mr. November
New York City Firefighter Wes Atherly, 29, has been on the job for nearly three years and few moments will surpass the excitement when he received the call to appear in the 2011 firefighter calendar, officially known as the “City of the Brave” Calendar.
Atherly is stationed in Far Rockaway’s Big House, located on Central Avenue, where he is assigned to Ladder 134. Growing up in Elmont and now residing in Cambria Heights, he always knew he wanted to become a firefighter and is grateful for the opportunity to appear in the calendar.
“It is a nice experience, fun and exciting,” he said. “I was on television a few times, which was great, so I’m glad I did it. It’s the best job in the world.”
Atherly said he was referred to the calendar’s organizers by a fellow firefighter who appeared in the calendar last year. He received the call and before he knew it, he was standing on a roof top in Manhattan for the photo shoot.
A portion of the proceeds from the calendar benefit the Thomas R. Elsasser Fund, which assists the families of firefighters who have died in the line of duty. For more information about the calendar, visit www.cityofthebrave. com.