Lo­cal boy’s suit up race fea­tured in Panama City news re­port

The Standard Journal - - LOCAL - By Kevin Myrick [email protected]­stan­dard­jour­nal.net

Noah Hens­ley is in love with firefighters. The Rock­mart fire­fighter has been go­ing to fire sta­tions through­out the south­east since he was just a year old, and never goes any­where with­out his own set of turnout gear.

On a re­cent trip to Florida, Hens­ley be­came a star on the small screen af­ter Panama City’s News Chan­nel 7 fea­tured him in a match-up against a lo­cal fire­fighter.

His mom Amber Brock said that Noah took his first trip to a fire sta­tion in Rock­mart at just a year old, and be­came fas­ci­nated by the men in their hel­mets and turnout gear. Since then he’s been to sta­tions all across the state of Ge­or­gia, along with vis­its to firefighters in Ten­nessee and Florida. He’s been to so many dur­ing his trav­els that Brock said she’s lost count.

“He al­ways likes to take on a quick dress chal­lenge and take a tour,” Brock said. “Ev­ery trip we take he brings along his gear.”

She said the fam­ily doesn’t mind Noah’s love of firefighters, since he’s learned a lot al­ready about what they do to pro­tect peo­ple and prop­erty from flames.

The fam­ily’s re­cent trip to Florida saw Noah take on Panama City firefighters twice – once on a June 3 visit where he won, then again when he came back for a re­match on June 5.

He re­mained un­de­feated against the Panama City’s chal­lenger.

“Well, the way he laid his gear out looks like he’s done it a lot, just how we would lay our gear out ev­ery sin­gle time we do one of these kind of races and I knew that he knew what he was do­ing,” Randy Dozier, fire­fighter and EMT for Panama City Beach Fire Res­cue, told WJHG in Panama City.

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Noah Hens­ley stands with mem­bers of the Panama City Fire De­part­ment dur­ing a re­cent visit to Florida.

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