Meet a Bloomington firefighter
D’Andre’ Williamson has been a Bloomington firefighter for nine months. He serves out of Station 1.
Q: What’s your day job?
A: I work in logistics and analytics. My dad owns the company so I’ve been doing that work for about 10 years officially.
Q: What do you do for fun when you aren’t working or volunteering?
A: I like to stay athletic so I play basketball, flag football and softball. I do outdoor stuff, too. I like fishing, hiking and camping.
Q: What made you want to become a firefighter?
A: The responsibility that comes with the job. I want to help people and better the community I live in.
Q: What brought you to Bloomington? What do you like about living here?
A: I was househunting and I stumbled upon Bloomington. I’ve been here for about four years now. I like everything about it really. I love the accessibility to everything, the parks are great and the river bottom is beautiful.
Q: What are some of your hobbies?
A: I like tinkering with things—working on cars, building wood projects and stuff like that or working on my house. I like to travel, too. I’ve been to all but three states in the U.S., Jamaica, Mexico and to Europe for the 2012 Olympics.
Q: What would you say to someone who is thinking about becoming a firefighter?
A: I would say to do it. It can bring many more opportunities, not only full-time firefighting. It opens up chances to do more public service. It’s hard work, but it’s such an accomplishment when it’s all done.