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Meet a Bloomington firefighter

Laura Mayerle has been a firefighter for a little more than a year and a half. She serves out of Station 4.

Q: What made you want to become a firefighter?

A: I grew up in Bloomington and remember going to an open house at Station 1 when I was really young and climbing on the trucks and seeing all of the gear and tools. I told my parents that I wanted to be a firefighter for Bloomington someday. I wanted to help make a difference in people’s lives, especially in the community I grew up in.

Q: What do you like about firefighting?

A: I enjoy the physical and mental challenge of firefighting and how it is constantly making me learn and adapt in new situations.

Q: What’s your day job?

A: I’m a compliance and risk manager at US Bank.

Q: What do you like about living in Bloomington?

A: I am from South Korea and was adopted by my parents, who still live in Bloomington! I moved back here after college because I wanted to remain close to them. I also love the sense of community the city has and how Bloomington is centrally located to pretty much everything in the Twin Cities.

Q: What do you do for fun when you’re not working or volunteering?

A: Traveling! I love to travel to new destinations and experience the life and culture. I love traveling anywhere in Asia because each culture is so unique. I also really love going to California because I get to experience the ocean and the mountains all in one place. I do a lot of rock climbing and snowboarding so I like to go places I can do that. Colorado has some of the best snowboarding and climbing I’ve experienced so far.