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Steve Peterson

Meet a Bloomington firefighter

Steve Peterson has been a Bloomington firefighter for more than 29 years. He works out of Station 3. 

Q: What’s your day job?

A: I own a martial arts studio and teach jiu-jitsu. I work at UPS part time, too. 

Q: What do you do when you aren’t working or volunteering?

A: I split firewood, ride my motorcycle and do woodworking. I build furniture. I’ve been doing that since high school. 

Q: What made you want to become a firefighter?

A: My father had been on the Bloomington Fire Department since I was six years old. He retired after 20 years so we were able to be on the department together for six years. That was really fun. It’s also an adrenaline rush running into a burning building. 

Q: What do you like about firefighting?

A: The camaraderie. BFD is like a second family. If you need somebody, they’re going to stop what they’re doing and come help you. 

Q: What are some of your hobbies?

A: I’ve been fostering pit bulls for the last eight years. We just saved one that was from Texas. She was going to be put down in a half an hour and we said we’d take her. She was so sweet I ended up adopting her.