Firefighter Spotlight - February 2014

Firefighter Andy Cook

Why did you join the Hendersonville Fire Department?

After graduating from Austin Peay State University, I was employed by a trailer-leasing corporation.  I found the corporate world to be impersonal and started looking for work that better suited my convictions and beliefs.  I was introduced to the book 48 Days to the Work You Love. Through this book and a lot of prayer, I decided that I wanted to be a firefighter.

What do you like most about HFD?

I love the community that we work in and the brotherhood I have found in the fire department here in Hendersonville. People are our business and there is real satisfaction in knowing that you have the opportunity to make someone's really bad day a little better.

What is the most significant development in your career?

There are many things I feel proud to have accomplished in my short seven years here at the Hendersonville Fire Department. One of the most significant is our 2013 class at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, MD. I had the privilege to travel to Emmitsburg with three fellow brothers to take an Incident Safety Officer course. While there, we were able to see the National Fallen Firefighter Memorial and remember all those who have given everything in service to their communities. I have also had the privilege to participate in the annual Nashville 9/11 Stairclimb since it's inception four years ago. I feel that the best way we can honor those who have gone before us is to train and trust that training.

Are you involved with any community activities?

I attend Long Hollow Baptist Church in Hedersonville and frequent the many parks in the area with my three girls.

What are your future plans?

I plan to continue my training and enjoy the work I am able to do here.

Family Information

I have been happily married to my beautiful wife for thirteen years and we have three beautiful, energetic daughters (6, 5, and 18 months).

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