Thursday, July 23, 2020

Veteran firefighter set to retire

Captain Kevin Henderson
A 28-year veteran of the Canton Fire Department will retire this month.
Captain Kevin Henderson, who started his career in Canton as a firefighter in 1992 will retire at the end of July, according to a prepared statement from the township.
Henderson earned his paramedic license in 2000, when the department converted from basic to an Advanced Life Support medical provider. As a Firefighter/Paramedic, Henderson provided emergency medical treatment to thousands of patients with varying injuries and illnesses. He was later trained as an operator, running the multi-faceted fire engines and pumper trucks on fire scenes.

Henderson also served several years as an inspector in the Fire Prevention Unit, performing building inspections, plan reviews and fire safety promotions throughout the community. As a captain, Henderson has been responsible for numerous administrative duties, along with overseeing a crew of firefighters responding to fire and medical calls for service.
Henderson has taken on numerous additional assignments throughout the years, most notably as a member and team leader of the Western-Wayne County Hazardous Materials Response Team. This regional team of firefighters is highly-trained in the rescue, response and recovery of high-risk situations involving hazardous materials. He also served as a team leader on Michigan Task Force One (MITF-1).  Henderson has also been deployed out-of-state for hurricane relief efforts, and most recently responded to Midland for swift water rescues, following the damn break in that area.
“Captain Henderson has served our community and nation with pride and dignity, both as a veteran and a 28-year career firefighter. He has set an example of leadership and dedication, and will leave a gap in our organization that will be hard to fill.
“Kevin is the kind of employee that every employer seeks to find, and we wish him well in his new ventures,” said Chris Stoecklein, deputy director of fire.