Steve Marti has impacted many lives since beginning his career as an athletic trainer in 1975. He received a Bachelor's Degree and ROTC commission as a second lieutenant in 1973 and minors in athletic training and coaching in 1976 from the university of North Dakota. His Master's degree was completed at Fort Hays State University in 1977. During his career as an athletic trainer, he worked for The University of Northern Iowa, University of Iowa and the Institute for Athletic Medicine, where he covered Armstrong High School for 17 years. Steve was President and President-Elect of the MATA from 1992-1996, a founder of the MATA Golf Tournament Committee and Recognition Banquet and chair for eleven years, which raised more money for the MATA and its charities than any other project. Steve has written articles for several publications, served on committees to organize sports medicine educational conferences, and made presentations to educate athletic trainers, physical therapists and physicians on a variety of topics. He has been consistently recognized and honored by his peers and employer for exemplary performance, receiving the MATA Recognition Award three times, the NATA Distinguished Service Award in 1996 and Employee of the Year Award from Fairview in 1996. Beyond providing excellent care for athletes at the schools he covered, Steve has provide his expertise as a volunteer for organizations and special events such as Courage Center, Special Olympics, MS Society, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the Twin Cities Marathon. Steve always had a desire to be a firefighter. Wanting a new challenge, he took his athletic training knowledge, skills and work ethic to become a paid on-call firefighter for the City of Plymouth in 2003. Steve has received the honors of 2004 Rookie of the Year and 2005 Firefighter of the Year.