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Cody Mittelstaedt

Meet a firefighter

Cody Mittelstaedt has been a Bloomington firefighter for three years. He serves out of Station 3. 

Q: What is your day job?

A: I am a full-time student studying computer programming and I work duty crew shifts for the Fire Department. 

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

A: I like to watch movies with my wife, play games with my kids and work on fixing up my house. 

Q: What made you want to become a firefighter?

A: I was in the Army as an infantryman for four and a half years. Firefighting seemed like a good fit to keep the things I loved about being in the Army while also giving me more freedom over my own choices. 

Q: What do you like most about firefighting?

A: I really enjoy the training and education. It’s a lot of fun getting to practice firefighter skills and getting to go talk to school kids about fire prevention. 

Q: What would you say to someone considering becoming a firefighter?

A: It’s absolutely worth it. I’ve loved every second of it so far.