Firefighter Spotlight

Senior Firefighter, EMT Ronnie Dowell




Why did you join the Hendersonville Fire Department?


I joined the Hendersonville Fire Department on July 12, 1985 with a

great desire for helping people.  This job is perfect for just that. 



What do you like most about the Hendersonville Fire Department?


The thing I like most about HFD is definitely the people

I work with.  We have a great bunch of guys and ladies

who are not only my co-workers, but my friends as well. 

I love to teach and this job has given me an outlet to

do just that, not only do I help with the training of my

fellow firefighters, but I also take pride in educating the

public as well with fire safety classes.



Any community activities?


I really stay involved with many community activities such as mentoring. 

At the present time I am a mentor to an 8 year old boy in Gallatin

who is without a father figure.  Iíve been doing this for 3

years now and the feeling this gives me is indescribable. 

It really gives me a boost to know I can actually make a

difference in someoneís life. 



  What are your future plans?


I am currently single, but have two beautiful daughters

that I am very proud of.  Kimberly who has been

married to Dewayne Coure for 3 years and Leslie

who is attending graduate school at Vanderbilt. 


Retirement is just around the corner for me and I

plan to take advantage of all the fishing and

hunting I can squeeze into a day.  As far as

right now, I will continue to serve the citizens of

Hendersonville on a regular basis and do the

best job I can do to protect them in their time

of need.  My years at HFD have been very

satisfying and I thank the community for all the

support that has been given to our department.




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