S.F. native and six-year firefighter Kevin Kuhn was chosen as Mr. San Francisco through Nation’s Bravest, a national firefighter charity calendar event. Kuhn, who will be featured in December, and the firefighters union will donate proceeds to the holiday toy drive. The calendar launches Thursday.
How do you feel about being Mr. San Francisco?
I still laugh about it because I don’t think of myself that way. It’s pretty humbling I guess. I look up to so many other guys in the Fire Department, so it’s really hard for me to see myself as Mr. San Francisco.
Was the toy drive your main motivation?
Definitely ... it was 100 percent. I’m not the most outgoing guy in the world. But I like to have fun. Originally, it came about from Local 798, our firefighters union. They decided to participate in the Nation’s Bravest calendar charity event. I sent in an application. I was chosen based on my personality.
When did you decide to be firefighter?
I grew up like most kids admiring fire trucks and I love fire engines still to this day. A huge influence for me was my father, who was also a San Francisco firefighter. So I grew up in the firehouse, going to see Dad at work. I got to go to an award ceremony. He won an award for a courageous act. And around that time I said, this is what I want to do.