Henry Cadwalader

Henry Cadwalader

“You have so much to learn as a new recruit: try and take it all in, and listen more than you talk.”

Henry Cadwalader

Henry Cadwalader

Where are you from? I grew up outside of Philadelphia. I grew up coming to summer camp here in the mid 90s. After college, the job that I had lined up in New York City fell through because of the recession, so I moved to Jackson for the winter and fell in love with it and stayed.  

What do you do in your free time? I love to play with my two boys, fly fish, hunt, backcountry ski, and trail run.

How long have you been a part of JH Fire/EMS? I joined Fire/EMS in November of 2009.

What made you want to join originally? I had always wanted to get my EMT certification, but I never had time in college because I played sports. I joined the department to get my EMT and fell in love with fire when I went through FF1 (Academy).

What is your role in the department? I am currently a paramedic and the Captain of B shift at Station 6.

What are your current certifications? I hold Fire Officer II, Hazmat Specialist, Confined Space Technician, Swiftwater and Ice Rescue Technician, Rope Rescue Technician, Fire Instructor I, Engine Boss, and Paramedic. 

What are your future goals in the department? I want to continue to work and to improve myself as a leader and be someone my crew and other members can rely on.  

Can you choose a favorite part of your job? Running code (lights and sirens) in the engine or truck with a good crew heading to do work.

What about the most challenging? Finding a work-life balance.

What advice would you give new recruits? You have so much to learn as a new recruit: try and take it all in, and listen more than you talk.  

Is there anything you wish you had known when starting? Volunteering and working for Fire/EMS will dominate your life; you have to find outlets outside of Fire/EMS. 

What is the most valuable skill or trait for someone to have in this line of work? The ability to keep a cool head in stressful situations. Calm breeds calm.  

Who would you say is your mentor? Assistant Chief of Operations Nate Thompson from Logan Fire Department in Utah. He was my Captain and preceptor during my Paramedic school ride alongs.