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Jason Worsdale, 40, is the fire chief of Central Bell County Fire and Rescue in Nolanville and lives in Sparta Valley near Belton.

Where were you born?

I was born in Layfette, Ind.

Have you always been a firefighter?

I have worn a uniform since I was 18. I joined the Marines in 1992 and served until 1996. I moved to Washington and became a police officer in 1996. I decided to return to the military after Sept. 11, 2001. I joined the Army in 2003. While serving in Iraq, I got injured with a traumatic brain injury due to being in a multiple improvised explosive device blast. Due to this injury, I have short-term memory loss.

How did you end up in working in Nolanville?

I joined the fire department after trying to live the retirement life for about two weeks. I had too much time on my hands after retirement, and I wanted to be a productive member of society. I wasn’t concerned about getting a paycheck, I just wanted to continue serving. I have worked in many different positions within the fire department.

How did you become fire chief?

I started out in 2009 as a rookie firefighter. In 2011 I became the battalion chief. In 2010-2011 I became the lieutenant on the fire side of the department. The department has three sections: the fire section, the rescue section and the EMS section. I have worked in all three sections and I am an EMT as well as being the chief.

What is your favorite vacation spot?

I haven’t been there yet, but I would like to go to Colorado and be in the mountains.

What is the last book you read?

The Bible. I read Psalms 91. It has gotten me through a lot.

What is the best advice you were given?

I was told by my dad when I joined the military, you’re going to have different types of leadership and to remember the good as well as the bad. So when I come into a leadership position, I build my own style and I know what works and what doesn’t.

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