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.
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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