Meet a firefighter

Jennifer Veilleux has been a firefighter for a little more than a year. She serves out of Station 5 at 10540 Bush Lake Road.

Q. What made you want to become a volunteer firefighter?

A. When I moved here from Saint Paul a few years ago, I didn’t know Bloomington had an all-volunteer fire department until I read about it in the Briefing. It was one of the first things that came in the mail when I moved and I thought, “Hey, I live by a fire station and this is the perfect way to get involved in the community!”

Q. What do you like most about being a firefighter?

A. I’ve really enjoyed becoming a part of the community. Whether we’re doing training, drills or hosting community events, I’ve gotten to know a lot of different areas and people through the department.

Q. What’s your day job?

A. I’m an editor at Bethany House Publishers, so I get to read books all day. It’s a dream job.

Q. Are you from Bloomington?

A. I grew up in southern California and Florida, then went to college in North Carolina. After three summers as a counselor at Camp Omega, I moved to Minnesota and never left.

Q. What do you like about living in Bloomington?

A. On one side you have Mall of America, corporate centers and hotels, on the other side you have lakes, parks and trails, so there’s really something for everyone.

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

A. I’m usually training for something. I’ve done six Twin Cities marathons and a few triathlons. When I’m not training for a race, you can find me doing burpees at 5:30 a.m.