Captain Ron Shoemake
Why did you join the Hendersonville Fire Department?
I became a member of the Hendersonville Fire Department
in September 1978. I had just recently been discharged
from the army and was looking for a career type occupation.
I had several friends working for the department at that
time and they only had great things to say and were very
happy. I followed my instinct and tried out for a position
and got hired. In many ways I consider myself fortunate
to be doing a job I love.
What do you like most about the Hendersonville Fire Department?
In working with HFD for a third of my life, I realize that not
only are all the aspects of my job very honorable, but also
rewarding. The duty to the city and its citizens comes
first and foremost to me and my fellow firefighters.
That responsibility in itself proves on a daily basis
to be satisfying in every way. We take pride in
serving our community and at the same time the
gratification that goes along with the service is
I have formed many friendships since working at the Hendersonville
Fire Department. My fellow co-workers are not only my friends.
But like brothers. We work together many hours, but also l
ove to spend off-time hunting, fishing and occasionally playing
a round of golf.
Over the years the growth of Hendersonville in general
has in turn expanded the growth of the fire department.
As a department we have been fortunate enough to
grow with the city in keeping updated equipment
and technology. All on with all this, we as firefighters
are first responders and many of us have went on to
become Emergency Medical Technicians, therefore
responding to all medical calls.
What are your future plans?
My future plans include continuing my duties with the
department and spending time with my wife of 20
years, Ann who is a Sumner County School Bus
Driver and with my son Ryan who is a student
at Beech High School.
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