Former volunteer ready to lead RFD

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Henderson was among first paid crew

By Bob White



RADCLIFF – A Radcliff man who volunteered to fight fires as a teen in 1991officially took control of the city’s fire department Friday, after a brief swearing-in ceremony at Radcliff City Hall.

Radcliff Fire Chief Jamie Henderson, 35, began his career as a paid fireman 12 years ago as one of the first four paid firefighters hired to work a day shift.

He said he’s long pondered becoming the department head.

“I’ve always thought about this,” Henderson said of being chief. “When I first came on (as a firefighter) it was like, ‘nah, I don’t know about that,’ but when watching the others (fire chiefs) over the years, I’d think, ‘what would I do in that situation?’”

Henderson’s appointment isn’t his first taste of leadership with the department.

Since October, when former Chief Rick Ledford retired, then-Lt. Henderson stepped in as interim chief.

Ledford and Henderson constituted half of the city’s first full-paid crew in 1997.

The department has since grown to 24 firefighters, two inspectors and one administrative aide. The department also has 15 volunteer firefighters.

His early morning swearing-in Friday, complete with coffee and donuts, was followed by handshakes and hugs from City Council members and Mayor Sheila Enyart.

Bob white can be reached at (270) 505-1750.