Monday , 23 April 2018

Stuart J’s Lens: Wasserman’s Calling Goes Beyond Fire Service

Wasserman editedBy the time Pieter Wasserman joined the McKinney Fire Department in late 2008 he had already made some life-defining decisions.

He knew he wanted a career in fire service.

He knew he wanted to work in McKinney, near his home.

He knew he had a calling for spiritual leadership.

Prior to the MFD, Wasserman served at the North Richland Hills Fire Department for six years and among his responsibilities was the role of Chaplin.

“I started going to seminary at Southwest Baptist Theological Seminary, on my own,” he said. “That was kind of the start of it all.”

Once in McKinney, Wasserman felt compelled to continue his path and eventually his superiors asked him to outline a Chaplin program for the department.

Today, Wasserman is a Driver and Paramedic at MFD Station 4, servicing the Collin County Regional Airport. He has undergone special training to support the Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighting (ARFF) unit and serves as an endorsed but not funded Chaplin for the department.

“Officially I am the Chaplain for the Professional Firefighters of McKinney (union),” he said. “Strictly volunteer.”

Wasserman’s normal routine these days might include chasing aircraft mishaps on-shift and officiating a friend’s wedding on the weekend.

“I’ve married several of the firemen,” he said. “It’s a blast.”

Stuart J’s Lens provides the opportunity to get to know some of the more interesting people and personalities in and around McKinney. If you think you have a story to tell, or know someone that does, send me an email at and tell me all about it.

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