Like his father, Patrick is a firefighter in the town where he was raised. He always knew that was what he would do. When he set his sights on Claire, a bright young woman who went away for college, as his partner for life, Patrick realized he needed to offer Claire, now a college girl more than her old hometown boyfriend who had no sense of world might. At first with uncertainty, then with wonder, and ultimatley with confidence and enthusiasm, Patrick reached out to learn as much as he could, while still doing the grueling and demanding work he loved. To this day, Patrick and Claire share a love of learning that keeps their romance alive.