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Meet a Bloomington firefighter: Fire Captain Paul Ludden

Fire Captain Paul Ludden has been a Bloomington firefighter for 10 years. He serves out of Station 2. 

Q: What is your day job?

A: I’m a carpenter by trade. I’ve been doing that since 1998.

Q: Where are you from and what brought you to Bloomington?

A: I grew up in Michigan and went to a technical school there where I met Ryan Peterson, another current Bloomington firefighter. He’s the reason I moved to Bloomington. I met my wife and got married and that is why I stayed. We really love the great school system for our kids here. We live near Moir Park and my wife and I like to walk there almost every day. 

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

A: I work most of the time, but I enjoy spending time with my family and going up to my land in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. I go up mainly in the fall. I also ride my motorcycle. Most of my life consists of family, the Bloomington Fire Department and our company. My wife and I spend a lot of time at our kids’ sporting events—both my daughters play softball and my son runs track and is on the swim team. I also do Cross Fit four or five times a week. 

Q: What do you like most about being a Bloomington firefighter?

A: I like being able to use the skills I have to help people and give back to the community. I’m really happy to be here. I feel like I’m meant to be part of the Bloomington Fire Department. It’s like a family.