by Ron Dawson, Guest Writer
Meet Rodney Gregory, a lieutenant for B shift at Port Ludlow Fire and Rescue. Rodney is responsible for wellness, fitness, the marine fire boat, and technical rescue in his role at the fire station.
Rodney began his career in 2005 and became a career firefighter in October 2007. Originally from Maltby, Washington, he became interested in the fire service in part through a friend who was the nephew of a Battalion Chief in Kirkland. He cared for his grandmother who had health issues, and that created his interest in medical service. He enjoyed going to visit the nearby fire station when he lived in Maltby, and those visits started to target his vocational direction. He went for rides on long call outs in Kirkland which further cemented his interest in becoming a firefighter. Rodney pursued a fire science degree at Bellevue Community College, and then transferred to Olympic Community College.
He became interested in the Olympic Peninsula because his dad had moved here. Rodney lives in our area with his wife, Sarah, and daughters Melia, 12; Eva, 10; and Lilia, 8. When away from the job, he enjoys his daughter’s soccer games, watching sports, travelling on their boat and in their recreational vehicle, fishing, mountain biking, and skiing.
The things he likes best about his job include its challenges, rewards, and relationship with his firefighting team. The hardest part is seeing people in distress. One of his most memorable events was a technical rescue on the Marrowstone Bluffs of a ninety-year-old man who had fallen, which had a good outcome, averting a tragedy.
Rodney’s father was a commercial fisherman and that got him into boating. He would like to get his United States Coast Guard Master Captain’s license in boating to do charter work and to relocate boats for owners who need them moved to different areas.