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MC Profile: @CadreMike

“I got back to the fire station and I was like, ‘Guys, I gotta do something. I felt like I was going to die in there.’”

Our event MC was FIRE and @CadreMike, aka Mike Richards, was amazing. His story is even better.

It was a routine night shift at the firehall in 2009. As his colleagues went to bed, Mike Richards stayed up watching Netflix, downing Mountain Dew and pounding pistachios from a giant family-sized bag.

“Eventually I was like, ‘I need to go to bed.’ My mouth was actually hurting from eating so many nuts," said Richards, a firefighter since 1997. He then passed out on the recliner in the TV room.

“I would snore pretty badly when I was that overweight, so I'd usually sleep on the recliner,” said Richards, who at 5 foot 8 weighed 350 lb. at the time.

Later that night, Richards’ crew got a call to attend a basement fire.

“Basement fires are rough because they’re always really hot, and this one was particularly bad because it was a hoarder’s house," said Richards...

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