Tim Pohl has grown up around firefighting.
Pohl’s father was a firefighter and a teacher for the State Fire Marshals Office.
Pohl, 26, worked hard to get a part-time position at the Bellevue Fire Department. He has also served as a volunteer firefighter in the La Vista department.
One night in August, Pohl called a friend, saying he wasn’t feeling well, said Michael Bohnenkamp, Pohl’s coworker in the Bellevue Fire Department.
Pohl’s friend found him unresponsive. He was taken to the hospital and spent a number of days in the intensive care unit, Bohnenkamp said. He was in and out of the hospital when they found out he has a blood clotting disorder known as Factor V Leiden.
Pohl will now have to take blood-thinning medicine for the rest of his life, Bohnenkamp said.
“Insurance will pay for some of it, but he’s a single father and trying to make ends meet,” Bohnenkamp said. “Being in the ICU got pricey. I want to help him cover at least some of it.”
Pohl had to miss many shifts at the Bellevue Fire Department while he was sick.
“I’ve known him for the last 10 years and wanted people to know Tim’s a good guy,” Bohnenkamp said. “He’s not a slacker. He just got handed the wrong card at the wrong time.”
The devoted father of a 3-year-old works several jobs, Bohnenkamp said.
“He’s just trying to get his life started,” Bohnenkamp said. “He’s a really hard worker.”
Bohnenkamp and the Bellevue Professional Firefighters Association have organized a fundraiser for Pohl. The Nov. 17 pancake breakfast will run from 8 a.m. to noon at the Bellevue Firefighters Hall, 2108 Franklin St. The cost for entry is $10 for adults and $5 for children. There will also be a raffle.
Because of Pohl’s upbringing around the fire department, he’s knowledgeable on the topic and he’s working toward a full-time position in the Bellevue department.
“That’s one reason I hated to see something happen to him,” Bohnenkamp said. “He would be lost if he couldn’t be with us.”