Firefighter Spotlight

Captain Les Waggoner

Why did you join the Hendersonville Fire Department?


In 1977 when I applied at the Hendersonville Fire Department,

I was working as an equipment operator and had always

wanted to operate a fire engine.  I knew I wanted to stay

in Hendersonville, so I really wanted to work for a

company that I would enjoy and that would provide good benefits.    



What do you like most about the Hendersonville Fire Department?


Over the years, I have developed many friendships

working for the department and from city employees

to my relationship with the community, it has

definitely been an unforgettable experience. 

In essence, my years with HFD have ultimately

driven me to want to give back to the city I have grown up in. 



What is the most significant development in your career?


To me, the improvement in the fire protection

gear has been the biggest accomplishment

 since I began.  Ultimately, we are all

here to serve our city and do the best

job possible for its citizens and it helps

to know that safety has always been a

priority not only to those in need, but

to us as firemen.    


  What are your future plans?


  My family is very important to me.  I have two

grown children, Chad and Whitney and my

wife Hazel. My wife and I enjoy many

outdoor activities such as walking and

riding bikes. Future plans include

finishing my career at the Hendersonville

Fire Department and begin going to

NASCAR races again. 





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