Captain, EMT Tony Janco
Why did you join the Hendersonville Fire Department?
My career actually began in the Navy; I was a firefighter and
rescue operator shipboard in the pacific. I knew I wanted to continue
the challenges I faced daily. Helping people, especially in the community
that I am involved with, is what drove me into my life long career.
I joined the Hendersonville Fire Department on November 17, 1985.
What do you like most about the Hendersonville Fire Department?
I enjoy most the ability to be involved in the new procedures
that enhance firefighting. I was a part of the first ladder company
in Hendersonville. Being a tiller man (driving the rear of the trailer)
combined with being on the first extraction team for the city
gave me a sense of purpose and fulfillment.
What is the most significant development in your career?
Several years ago the fire department offered me the opportunity to
train in Critical Incident Stress Debriefing. This has grown into a
passion for me. It opened more avenues for me to help others.
The avenues have taken me into other communities,
fire departments and other people’s lives.
Any community activities?
I am presently involved in several community activities.
The one that touches my soul most is the volunteer work that I do for CASA.
CASA helps neglected and abused children by being their eyes and
ears for the Juvenile Court System. At any given time I am involved
with 2-6 children’s lives. I also help coach young athletes through
youth programs here in Hendersonville. Church activity is important too.
I assist in a medical mission trip to Haiti each year. There is so much to be
done behind the scenes to make the team successful on site.
What are your future plans?
I plan to retire from Hendersonville Fire Department when the time comes.
I look around me at work and see the future of the department in the
young men that are near me. I want to share my knowledge and experience
with them so that they can grow and succeed. I want to continue working
with the CASA program to help as many children as possible.
God has blessed me in many ways and I am thankful everyday.
Tell us about your family
I have been married 17 years. My wife is a Director of Nursing at
Hendersonville Medical Center. I have two sons. One has recently
been commissioned as a Hendersonville Police Officer. He has made me proud.
My youngest son is beginning to reach into his teenage years.
His interests are roller hockey, skateboarding and any physical activity.
It takes my wife and me to keep up with his busy schedule.
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