I was born and raised in Jackson County and am a graduate of Jackson High School. In 1986, I started my own family electrical business, Hirst Electric Company, which continues to be successful today. We are members of the Jackson Commercial Contractor’s Association and also the Greater Jackson Chamber of Commerce. I am married to Rindy Hirst and I have four daughters and one son, Andy who passed away in 2010 from a heroin overdose. I am a founding member of the Grass Lake Wellness Coalition. My family and I founded Andy’s Angels, a non-profit foundation formed in an effort to educate the community on opiate abuse and provide support for families and those suffering from addiction.
January 24, 2013, I was honored as the Distinguished Citizen of the Year for Jackson.
In 2014, I helped form the Jackson County Drug Summit. The first Summit was held on December 4, 2014 and featured speeches given by community leaders including law enforcement, judges, public safety officers and doctors. I spoke on behalf of Andy’s Angels and brought along two recovering individuals who shared their stories amongst a room that was at full capacity.
In March of 2015, I spoke as part of the Drug Forum at a local school. I teamed up once again with community leaders to educate our youth. We hope we can continue to educate at more local schools in the near future.
Our 3rd Annual Benefit Dinner was held on April 18, 2015, and I was honored with Citizen of the Year by the Jackson County Sheriff Steven Rand the Jackson County Prosecutor Jerry Jarczynka. I was both surprised and humbled. It was a very special moment for me and I am deeply grateful for the honor. I will continue to work hard and fight against this deadly disease.