VIDEO: Behind the wheel of a fire engine is the last place Chase Vaughn ever thought he'd be.
"It's a whole different level of responsibility, and a lot more math involved," he said with a laugh.
It's a job he's grown to love. He just didn't think a guy like him could actually be a firefighter.
"As a kid, you see firefighters, but as a young Black kid, I didn't see Black firefighters," Vaughn told CBS Colorado's Kelly Werthmann. "So, for me at least, it didn't click that was an obtainable job for me to do."
So, growing up, he chased down a different dream. Vaughn followed his love of football from Smoky Hill High School in Aurora to Colorado State University in Pueblo. Eventually, he made it to the ultimate hometown team.
"I grew up around the Broncos and Broncos fans. For that to be the team that gave me my shot, that was awesome," Vaughn said.