Firefighter Spotlight

Firefighter Eric Fontenot

 

Why did you join the Hendersonville Fire Department?

 I was at a point in my life where I was lost and really was not sure what I wanted to do.

I was working random jobs and at the end of the day there was zero self-satisfaction

from the day’s work. I had a friend that was already working for HFD;

he told me that they were getting ready to hire quite a few people on a safer grant.

I inquired about how to start the process and the rest is history.

Now, at the end of the shift there is self-satisfaction by making a child’s day by going to their school,

or going to help the elderly in the community. It’s a great feeling.

 

What you like most about Hendersonville Fire Department?

 I like the camaraderie with all the guys, the home away from home feeling

when you start the shift. When I joined six plus years ago my family grew

exponentially. Being part a brotherhood is something that is irreplaceable.

 

What is the most significant development in your career?

There have been a few personal achievements that I am proud of,

but the most significant for me is when I received confirmation

that I would be a part of the dive team. The training was intense and one has to be

mentally tough to get through it. It takes a great deal of courage to dive into zero visibility

waters to recover a drowning victim.

 

Any Community Activities?

My favorite community activities occur in October during fire safety month.

We get to go to a lot of elementary schools and teach kids about fire safety.

It’s a good feeling knowing you could potentially save a life by teaching a child the basics of fire safety.  

  

  What are your future plans?

I hope to work my way up the ranks in the Fire Department.

 

Family?

I have been blessed with two beautiful girls Genevieve “Evie” Mae,

and Thea Cathrine Fontenot, and my smoking hot wife Sarah.

I also have three labs Buck, June, and Stu.

 

 Sometimes being a fireman is not easy, as a fireman, occasionally, you witness things

that you don’t care to see. I rely on my faith in God to get me through those tough situations.

It seems I always return to this simple verse;

     Philippians 4:13- “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

 

 

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