CLINTON — The Clinton Fire Department has a new firefighter following the hiring of Tim Schultheis.

Schultheis, 43, is a graduate of Clinton High School and received a degree in economics from the University of Iowa. He has worked in the insurance business for more than 12 years and has been owner of Suehl Insurance and River City Realty in Fulton, Ill., for more than six years. He said he always wanted to be a firefighter.

“It’s been a long-term goal. I started to pursue it earlier and it didn’t work out,” he said. “When it came about last year that the Civil Service Commission was testing, I came in and applied. It was either do it or put it on the backburner again.”

He noted that it was the influence and encouragement of his wife, Carie, that convinced him to pursue his dream job.

In fact, Schultheis went the extra mile in order to work for the Clinton Fire Department. In order to enroll in a Paramedic Specialist class, he had to obtain certification at the basic level as an Emergency Medical Technician. So he would not have to wait for another year to attend the Paramedic class, Schultheis took a two-week accelerated class in Indiana last year. Clinton Fire Chief Mark Regenwether said he was impressed with Schultheis’ drive and ambition to be a firefighter.

Schultheis began his service with the Clinton Fire Department on May 21. After in-house training through the department, he was assigned to C shift on June 21. He is a certified EMT-B, has completed Advanced Cardiac Life Support training and currently is attending Paramedic Specialist training. He said he thoroughly enjoys the job and looks forward to putting the skills he’s learning to work while serving the community.

“I’ve always kind of been intrigued with the job. As I’ve gotten into it, the EMS side has gotten more interesting,” he said. “It’s been a lot to learn, but I’d rather be doing. And I really enjoy working with the public.”

Schultheis and his wife have two daughters, 12-year-old Marquel and 9-year-old Paiton.