Holiday Angels: Jim Connors

Occupation: San Francisco Fire Department Captain

Residence: Pacifica

What he does: Connors, who will be retiring in January after 32 years of service at the SFFD, shares his time with a number of different volunteer and charitable programs. Every year he dresses as Santa Claus and hands out gifts to youth groups and the elderly around San Francisco. He also has been a main contributor in securing funding for the Allisa Ann Rusch Burn Foundation, and he teaches Fire Science Classes at City College of San Francisco. Perhaps his most satisfying work was securing a ride in a fire truck over the Golden Gate Bridge as part of the Make-A-Wish foundation for a child in Georgia who was afflicted with a terminal illness.

Why he does it: Connors has maintained an active presence in volunteering since his high school days at Sacred Heart Cathedral. “I’ve always found that I get a lot more satisfaction in volunteering my times to others,” said Capt. Connors, who will be spending more time teaching at CCSF while also completing his bachelor’s degree from USF during his retirement.

The impact: Outside his regular altruistic acts, Connors has also proved to be a valuable source for recruiting interested young adults into the SFFD. “It’s always a very gratifying process to see the students we teach at CCSF ending up at departments in the Bay Area,” said Capt. Connors. “It means that we’re doing the right things in our programs.”

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