Some native Fallon residents find success in life by venturing beyond Churchill County for their education, careers and family life.
For lifelong Fallonite Skip Reeves, 49, those goals were accomplished all while remaining in and serving a community he loves.
Many people know him as an administrator at Banner Churchill Community Hospital, but Reeves also wears a few other hats ... namely a fireman's helmet and a motorcycle helmet.
Reeves graduated from Churchill County High School and worked for Churchill County, the Truckee-Carson Irrigation District and Kennametal briefly before joining the staff of the hospital.
Reeves has worked at the Fallon hospital for nearly 25 years, beginning his career as a purchasing agent. Ironically, one of his first offices was located in the hospital's former nursery where he was cared for after his birth within what is now the Churchill County Administration Complex on North Taylor Street.
Despite four ownership changes and two different locations, Reeves said his career with the hospital has continued to challenge him as the need for health care has grown in the area. In his time with the hospital, the staff has grown from 80 to more than 400, and from three to four doctors to more than 20. When he joined the hospital staff, no babies were delivered at the facility, and now hundreds are delivered each year.
"It's nice when you hear that (patients) had a good experience," Reeves said.
While he enjoys his career, his eyes light up with describing his 21 years of service on the Fallon-Churchill Volunteer Fire Department. Reeves is currently a second assistant chief and is contemplating retirement from the department in the next year.
"The fire department is the most rewarding thing I've done as volunteer service," Reeves said.
He cited the strong bond among his fellow firefighters, the adrenaline rush of responding to a call and the desire to serve the community as the benefits of serving on Fallon's all-volunteer force. The work also ties into his career with the hospital, allowing him to better understand the health care process from start to finish.
Reeves is also a member of the Fallon Rotary Club, is president of the Churchill County Credit Union Board, and has been involved with local youth sports when his children were younger.
In his free time, he enjoys riding his motorcycle, a 2003 Harley-Davidson Ultra Classic Firefighter Edition that he purchased on the East Coast and rode back to Fallon. He also enjoys auto racing, photography and the outdoors.