Division Chief Ray McLaughlin Named

Firefighter of the Year for 2011

(To View Past Recipients  - Click Here)

Ray McLaughlin has been a member of the Hendersonville Fire Department since July of 1985.

He is a state certified Emergency Medical Technician, Journeyman Firefighter and Haz Mat

 Technician.  Chief McLaughlin has risen through the ranks from Firefighter to Senior Firefighter and 

earned the rank of Captain in 2002.  In 2010, he was promoted to his present rank of Division Chief.

He currently commands the department's "A Shift" which is comprised of 30 men at six fire

stations.  Ray is also very active in our training program, especially as it relates to new probationary

firefighters.  The department is indeed fortunate to have a firefighter with as much training,

character and enthusiasm as Chief McLaughlin.  He is a tremendous asset to our department.


The Hendersonville Exchange Club again graciously hosted a breakfast for members of

Chief McLaughlin's family as well as department personnel.


Chief Steele opens the program with remarks about Ray followed by his

brother, Fire Inspector Chuck Swann, who is also a member of the department.

Ray is presented his award by Chief Steele and members of the Exchange Club.

Remarks by Chief McLaughlin

Division Chiefs Kenny Armstrong and Ray McLaughlin

with Chief Steele and Deputy Chief Parker

Ray with his wife, Denise and brother Chuck

Ray with other family members who were able to attend.



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