Captain Larry Deen
Why did you join the Hendersonville Fire Department?
I was born and raised in Missouri and moved to Nashville
in 1964, married Judith Burwell in 1966 and moved to
Hendersonville in 1970. Having had three years prior e
xperience as a firefighter (Damage Control) in the Navy,
my job at the time was routine, unfulfilling and not
very promising. I gave up fifteen years of service
to become a professional firefighter for Hendersonville
on August 12, 1979.
What do you like most about the Hendersonville Fire Department?
I am in the fire service probably for some of the same reasons
as other firefighters. It is exciting and also dangerous,
yet very satisfying to know that you are helping your
fellow man. There are many different aspects of
the job that make it challenging such as:
Fire Science/Suppression, Rescue, Hazmat,
Building Construction, Aerial Ladders,
the list goes on and all this is done while
maintaining FF Safety.
It is not often that you get to save lives and
property at the same time. Several years
ago my engine company got to do just
that with an old oak tree. It was on
fire inside and out, after some difficulty
and with the use of a chainsaw, it was
extinguished and saved. It is said to
be the oldest tree of its type in the
State of Tennessee. Of course,
the ultimate is to save human lives.
What are your future plans?
My wife Judith is a native of Hendersonville and we
recently enjoyed our 40th Wedding Anniversary.
I am looking forward to retirement in a couple
of years to spend more time with her and our
grown son Joshua. I am proud of them and
love them both very much. We enjoy
motorcycles, street rods, classic cars/trucks
and antiques – we do benefit rides for various local charities.
I have truly enjoyed my career with good friends
and fellow firefighters. Hendersonville is a
growing community and a great place to live
and work. I hope that over my career I
have contributed to the betterment of the
department and the city. I want to thank
you, the public for your support of our department.
Most of all, Be Alert, Be Safe and “Stay off those
cell phones while driving”.
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