Waxahachie residents will learn Monday whether or not one of the city’s firemen is the community’s newest millionaire.
Firefighter Richard Ellis - who’s been nicknamed “Millionaire Boy” at the local fire station - will be a contestant on “Who Wants to be a Millionaire?” on Dec. 3. Hosted by Meredith Viera, the popular television show is in its sixth season and recently celebrated its 1,000th episode. Viewers can catch Monday’s show at 3 p.m. on WFAA, Channel 8.
Although he’s not allowed to talk about the show’s result prior to its airing, Ellis discussed his plans if he won big on “Millionaire” with the show’s producers. Among those ideas are setting up a fire academy scholarship, taking his wife on a cruise and buying her a greenhouse, paying for college for the couple’s four children and paying off the family home, he said.
Ellis also said that with “big money,” he could afford to have more quality father-time, including “more fishing” with his sons and better “daddy-daughter dates.”
The 30-year-old firefighter is a 1995 graduate of Red Oak High School and is the son of Rick and Rebecca Ellis of Glenn Heights.
In 2001, Ellis was working as an IT analyst, but was inspired to become a firefighter after 9/11 after seeing the courage and brotherhood of New York firefighters.
Now a firefighter on Engine No. 3 in Waxahachie, Ellis said his co-workers have been “busting his chops” since he participated in the taping of “Millionaire” in New York City, where his wife, Kim, sat in the audience as his on-air companion for the show.
“Richard received a postcard from ‘Millionaire’ over a year ago, telling him that the show wanted him to appear on an episode of the game show,” show publicist Trisha Miller said. “The post card hung on the refrigerator for over a year until he finally threw it away. Three weeks later, ‘Millionaire’ called and booked him on an episode.”