Meet a Bloomington firefighter
Alec Purcell has been a Bloomington firefighter for seven years. He serves out of Station 4.
Q: What is your day job?
A: I am a pilot. I fly for Sun Country—737s.
Q: What do you like to do when you are not working or volunteering?
A: I like hanging out with my wife, hiking, camping, taking road trips, playing video games and board games, and catching up with friends. We like to make use of our Netflix and Hulu accounts, too, and take trips to the cabin up north.
Q: What made you want to become a firefighter?
A: My parents actually. My mom and dad were both Bloomington firefighters—my mom just retired from it and my dad has a few years left. Originally, I didn’t want to do what my parents did, but when I got to be 17 or 18 I changed my mind. I didn’t want to go to college right away so I applied to be a firefighter and I ended up loving it.
Q: What do you like about firefighting?
A: It’s just a lot of fun. Everyday is different. The people I get to work with are great. It’s a real family atmosphere here at the BFD. It’s fun to have friends from all around town—east to west. I really like the community outreach element of the job—meeting with fourth graders and doing pancake breakfasts. It’s fun to connect with those guys and see them smiling and having a good time. And, when we do have a call, we get to use what we’ve been trained to do to be the best part of someone’s worst day.