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February 4, 2014

Firefighter of the Year

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Using heavy equipment, Henning has put in many hours of demolition and preparation of the new facility. 

“Whenever he was asked if he could perform work, he would smile and say, ‘Show me what you need done and get out of my way,’” Peacock said. 

Henning has saved the city thousands of dollars by offering to do the work, according to Peacock. 

“Without his hard work and dedication, the training center would not be in operation, nor would the Weatherford College Fire Academy’s Training Lab be under construction at this time,” Peacock wrote in his nomimation of Henning.

Henning also took the title for Weatherford’s Ultimate Firefighter Challenge in 2012 and 2013. 

Last year, the competition, which tests firefighting skills in a mentally and physically-grueling challenge unveiled to firefighters the day of the event, was a 400-foot maze that firefighters had to complete while wearing a blacked-out self-contained breathing apparatus. 

Following a hose line and going through a series of obstacles blind, firefighters were timed and graded. 

Henning completed the course in 22 minutes and 15 seconds with air to spare, Peacock said. “That’s quite a feat.”

Henning also has another priority in his life – his family, according to those who work with him. 

Henning said he met his wife of 15 years in high school and they have been together since throughout the ups and downs. 

The couple has a 10-year-old son, who is interested in firefighting, as well, and a 7-year-old daughter, whose basketball team he coaches in Peaster, Henning said. 

Though his grandparents still live in New York, Henning has a close relationship with them, as well. 

Tom Sweatman, who happened to be in town for a month-long visit in January, said he was proud when he learned on the night of the firefighter’s banquet that his grandson had been recognized as Weatherford’s Firefighter of the Year. 

 

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