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Seven Questions with Rob Nowaczyk, Los Angeles Firefighter and Co-Founder/Creator of Fireman's Brew

Rob Nowaczyk, Los Angeles Firefighter and Co-Founder/Creator of Fireman's Brew found some time in his busy schedule of saving lives and selling beverages to answer LAist's Seven Questions. | Photo courtesy of Fireman's Brew
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LA has a diverse cast of characters. Whether it's the characters with stirring stories or interesting occupations or the people who are just simply characters, this town has them all. In an effort to get to know some of those characters a little better, we've created "Seven Questions with..." If you have a suggestion for a future Seven Questions subject send us an email.

Today's subject is Rob Nowaczyk.

Rob Nowaczyk is an active duty Los Angeles County Firefighter (Station #7 West Hollywood). Throughout his eighteen years of civil service as both a firefighter and paramedic, Rob has responded to the call to help aid and rescue thousands of lives from tragedy.

In addition to being one of LA's bravest, Rob is also the co-founder of Fireman's Brew, a premium micro-brew he and fellow firefighter Ed Walker conceived while battling a brushfire high above the Glendale Mountains. As Rob recalls, "I turned to my partner Ed and said 'damn I’m thirsty' and from there the idea for Fireman’s Brew was born." Rob and Ed had a vision to create a line of premium handcrafted ales that would quench their thirsts after an exhausting day on the fire lines. Originally created by firefighters for firefighters, Fireman’s Brew can now be found in bars, restaurants and grocery stores like Gelson’s and Bristol Farms locations throughout Southern California. Fireman’s Brew donates a percentage of proceeds from every product sold to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation - a foundation dedicated to serving the families of fallen firefighters nationwide.

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Rob, a true hometown American hero, somehow found time in his busy schedule of putting out fires and selling his micro-brew to exchange emails with LAist and answer our seven questions.