Friday, March 21, 2014
Assistant Engineer Richard Jacob Hunnicutt, 32, of Mt. Pleasant has been with the Summerville Fire Department since 2010.
After growing up in Russellville, Arkansas, he joined the Army and was on active duty from 2000 to 2004. After leaving the Army, he went to the University of Central Arkansas, lived in California and ended up in South Carolina because he has family here, he says.
In addition to firefighter training 1 and 2, he was an Army Combat Medic, is EMT certified, is trained in confined spaces, Rapid Intervention Team (RIT) [rescuing the rescuer] a Smoke Diver and served the National Guard.
His worst experiences with the fire department are medical calls and gore.
“One of the first calls I went on was Man vs. Train here in Summerville.”
His best call was a structure fire at what turned out to be a puppy mill, he recalls.
“We saved almost 20 puppies ... Chihuahuas, Yorkies … we saved all of them.”
His professional goal is to pursue his firefighting career at least to Battalion Chief. “But I also want to be a pro golfer,” he adds … a complete non sequitur.
He and his wife Emily have three cats – Drizzle, Crusher and Ashley Phosphate. Ashley Phosphate, he explains, was a tiny kitten he found in the middle of the intersection of Ashley Phosphate and Rivers Avenue. He rescued it.
They also have a dog named Captain Pickle, a Giant Schnauzer/Irish Wolfhound mix who was a rescue dog. “I call him ‘CP,”” Hunnicutt laughs.
In his off time, no surprise, he likes to golf.
I take care of my wife, work out at the Air Force base and cook.
“I am the cooker of the house and a great cook,” he says.
He says he started golfing when he was 15 and is a member of the country club. “I’m pretty good and all I really like to do is golf.”
He and his wife work out, go to the dog park, and enjoy eating out downtown.
He says he “hasn’t crossed that bridge” in determining his life goal yet but it would include making his wife happy, having a family and retiring out of the military and fire service.