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.