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Chad Hudson

Ragan Mechanical

Morrison Fire Department

Local 25 member Chad Hudson spent five-and-a-half years in the United States Army as a combat engineer.

Chad Hudson LU25 Fireman

“I was placing land mines, finding booby traps, blowing stuff up — all the really cool stuff. But there also weren’t two wars going on when I was in,” Chad said. “After I got out, I wanted to continue to help the community.”

So for the past 17 years, the Illinois native has volunteered with the Morrison Fire Department. After a few years of volunteering, he even convinced his older brother to join him.

“I remember once when my brother was on the attack line, and one of the other guys was fairly new and he bumped the pressure up a little too much and knocked my brother right on his (rear),” Chad said with a laugh. “Of all the stories I could tell, I prefer to remember the camaraderie, the guys, the funny things that happen.”

Although the nature of the fire department isn’t always fun and games, Chad gets excited about the opportunity to teach young students the importance of fire safety each year.

“We recently had the children’s fire safety house in the spring, and that’s my favorite event,” he said. “We go to an elementary school in Morrison and take a small trailer and have classroom training. We teach them how to crawl through a house, stop, drop and roll, how to feel doors and not to go out of them if they’re hot, not to be scared of firemen, and to have a plan with their parents and a meeting place if there is a fire. I’ve been doing that for 17 years in a row now — every year I’ve been there.”

When he’s not volunteering, Chad puts his Local 25 training and skills to work at Ragan Mechanical in Davenport.