Thomson, Ga. in McDuffie County is the home of Blind Willie McTell, the rock house, and wrestler/ firefighter Antrone Brewer.
Brewer grew up in this small town of 6,700 and had not only one dream but two and it all began when he was 11 years old.
“Since I was about 11 or 12 years old when a kid here in Thomson had been hit by a car and I was the first one there”
Antrone remembered what he had learned from watching the TV show Rescue 911 and held the boys head straight until paramedics arrived. The boy survived.
“And I saw his mom at the store a couple of weeks later and she told me thank you for helping my son on that day and from that day forward, It was a good feeling and that’s what I wanted to do”
Antrone’s first dream was to become a firefighter.
“I had a scanner, and I had a bicycle and I had lights and sirens on the bicycle, and I would listen to the calls here in Thomson and you would see me going down Main Street with lights and sirens on my bike”
Brewer joined the rescue team when he was 16 and has been a fire fighter with the Thomson Fire Department for 15 years. That would have been enough for most of us. Most people only have one dream, but again Antrone still had one more.
“I always wanted to be a professional wrestler and I had no idea how to go about it, I thought you had to be like 7 feet tall, have big muscles, because that’s what I grew up watching”
After an online search, Antrone found a wrestling school in Atlanta called WWA4 and was taught by former WWE Superstar Mr. Hughes, and after long hours and hard work, Da Fireman was born!
Brewer currently holds multiple titles like Flatline Champion in Grovetown and APW champion in Royston, Ga.
Growing up Antrone looked at those firemen and wrestlers as heroes, had goals to become those, and succeeded. This hometown boy from a single parent household in Thomson rose to the occasion not once, but twice and has words of advice for anyone with a dream.
“Stick to your dream, and stay positive because I’m getting a chance to live my dream, I’ve always wanted to drive through the streets of downtown Thomson with lights and sirens on a firetruck and I get to be a wrestler also, That’s 2 dreams that I am living and don’t let anyone tell you you can’t do it.
In Thomson, for your hometown stories, I’m John Lynn, WJBF News Channel 6