Senior Firefighter Mike Proctor
Why did you join the Hendersonville Fire Department?
As a child and young adult my life was affected
by several who committed their professional life to
fire service within their communities. I chose to
pursue a career with the Hendersonville Fire Department
in an effort to continue these good works.
Two of these fine men, Lynn Garrison (Nashville Fire)
and O.Z. Taylor (Gallatin Fire) have passed on.
It is in their honor that I strive to exhibit the same
love and life-long commitment to my fire service
career in Hendersonville.
What do you like most about the Hendersonville Fire Department?
The Hendersonville Fire Department has grown and
evolved into one of the most professional departments
in the state of Tennessee, and can rival many throughout
the nation. It is easy to want to be a part of such growth
and development. The professionalism, good standing
within our community, and constantly developing programs
are by far the things I most enjoy about our department.
I would be remiss if I did not recognize the brotherhood
and unique bond that develops between shift-mates.
I am grateful for the impact of each of these relationships
and believe that through each I grow and develop
into a better person.
What is the most significant development in your career?
In my time as a firefighter, I believe the most significant
and beneficial change has been that of turn-out gear.
At present, members of the HFD are provided with the
best available. It is a true blessing to have a chief and
administration that believes men and women who are
provided with safe, up-to-date, and proper equipment
are better able to serve and protect those in need,
resulting in a more efficient and effective department.
Any community activities?
As a member of the HFD my position places
me face-to-face with many members of our
community. Through these interactions I have been
blessed with many fond memories and some dear
friends. Through these same people, I have found
myself drawn to support many worthy groups and
organizations. At various times, since launching my
fire service career I enjoyed affiliation with the U.S. Jaycees,
Goodlettsville Baseball, Muscular Dystrophy Association,
and ACA Relay for Life. Perhaps most dear to me has
been the opportunity to support school activities and events,
of my children and others, due to the unique scheduling
of fire service.
What are your future plans?
It is my plan to continue service with the HFD
until I reach the age of retirement. In the future
it is my desire to continue to progress through the
ranks by attaining the title of Captain and possibly that
of Division Chief. As history has shown our department
is ever-changing and progressing so I will continue to
be ever vigilant in watching for opportunities to better
serve and improve myself. Regardless of the path my future
role as an HFD member takes, I hope the next years will
be as full, rewarding and enjoyable as the past.
Tell us about your family
When I began my service with the Hendersonville Fire
Department my family consisted of my wife, Julia,
and two children, Brandi and Taylor. Since that time I have
been blessed with a second son, Travis, a son-in-law, Eric,
two beautiful grandsons, Jace & Glen, and look forward to the
arrival of a third grandson in early March. Not only has my
“at-home” family grown but with the constant growth within
the department my extended family has expanded as well.
My wife and children, like myself, view each and every
member of the HFD as a family member.
In a note of appreciation I would like to take this opportunity
to recognize Chief Gary Parker, retired Captain Tom Gordon
and Captain Ron Shoemake for their guidance, leadership,
and both personal and professional example. These men,
and others, have helped me grow, not only as a firefighter
but also as person, and for that I will always be grateful
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