Monday, June 16, 2014
Engineer Michael Hunt of Summerville comes from Lumberton, N.C., where he was a volunteer firefighter for five years. He had taken courses in North Carolina for a Criminal Justice degree but “then a baby came,” he said.
“I got into firefighting after 9/11,” he said. “I’ve always been an adrenaline junkie and I like helping people.
“It’s a great job.”
Moving to Summerville in 1999, Hunt, 43, began his local career as a volunteer at Pine Ridge. He came to SFD in 2002.
He is certified as Fire Officer I, has taken the fire marshal’s exam, in special ops, confined space, rope rescue, emergency responder, extradition and has taken instructor courses.
His worst experiences are “car wrecks where kids aren’t secured…they become body recoveries.”
His best experience, he says, are by far the people he works with. “They will do anything for you at the drop of a hat…they’ll help with anything.”
As far as calls go, he says he approaches each call by looking at what they did well and seeing what they could improve on. “Some people say I am a pain the butt and forget to give pats on the back.”
He says they are right and he is working on including the good with the “what needs improvement.”
His professional goal is to make captain one day and to get back into teaching fire academy classes.
He and his wife April are parents to Amber, 15, and Michael, 13. He also has a daughter Chastity, 23. They don’t have any pets, “no time for them.”
He is heavily into sports.
“I am nuts over wrestling. Both kids wrestle — Amber wrestles with the boys — in school and in youth leagues. Amber has won state and placed in national tournaments.”
His kids also swim, play soccer and football. He and his wife go to their meets and games. Hunt coaches football and wrestling as well.
He enjoys saltwater fishing, likes to read and they like to take vacations with friends.
He also works part time with another fire department.
His life goal, he says, “is to see my kids graduate college.”