Division Chief Ray McLaughlin Named
Firefighter of the Year for 2011
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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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