Despite having the day off, Central Coventry firefighter Steve Winsor suited up in his bunker gear (well, partially) on Thursday morning to benefit the Rhode Island chapter of Habitat for Humanity. Winsor joined North Providence firefighter and photographer Sean McNulty at the recently closed Arkwright Bridge to pose for some photos, complete with a saw, a helmet and of course some baby oil. (After all, what kind of summer photo shoot would it be without that?)
Winsor's name was entered into the running last year when calendar organizer and owner of Martini Creative Group, Ann Martini contacted local fire houses asking for nominations. He was contacted three weeks ago, not long after he was auctioned off to the highest bidder at a local Firefighter's Ball, with those proceeds also going to charity.
"I had sent in a picture a while ago and didn't really think about it again, so I was kind of surprised when I got the call asking me to do this a few weeks ago," he said. "Of course I said yes, it's for charity, so why not?"
When he's not slick with oil posing with firefighting equipment in 85-degree weather or working at Central Coventry's Arnold Road station, Winsor is busy finishing his paramedic training. (He does not have a side career as a model - sorry, girls.)
Firefighters from other Rhode Island communities will fill the other 11 months, including Central Falls, Smithfield, North Providence, Narragansett, Cumberland, Johnston, Pawtucket and several from Providence. (Which month Steve will represent has yet to be determined.)
This is the tenth year that Martini has organized the calendar for Rhode Island, and her efforts (along with the firefighter models) have earned upwards of $70,000 for the cause.
The calendar will be sold later this year on-line (website coming soon), and at Rhode Island Walgreen's locations.