Quail Creek resident, Justin Hood, has risen to the rank of Chief in the Dallas Fire Department!
This achievement is extraordinary, especially in light of the size of the department and highly competitive atmosphere among firefighters. As he did when he was working to earn the rank of Lieutenant and Captain, Justin faced a comprehensive written exam to qualify as a finalist.
The real test took place a few weeks later at the Kay Bailey Convention Center in Dallas where he faced a rigorous three day interview process, where Fire Chief’s from around the nation were flown in to evaluate candidates that were confronted with mock scenarios of real-world situations. Candidates were required to respond to and demonstrate their ability to prioritize and work through the problems, and as they did that, new situations and challenges were added to mirror the dynamic nature of command.
Incredibly, Justin ranked #8 out of a large pool of finalists, with just fractions of points separating him from those who ranked higher!
Though the ceremony recognizing the elevation in rank is several weeks away, with ten openings in the department, Captain Hood is now officially Chief Hood, though we can still call him Justin!
Justin and his wife Jennifer have lived in Quail Creek for seven years and have a ten year old daughter, Abby. Three years ago this May, the Lord took their four year old son, David, home to heaven following a lifetime of medical challenges due to a rare heart defect.
Those who know him best see Justin as a hard-charging individual whose life is not defined by his duties with the fire department, but by his faith in Jesus Christ. His family, friends and neighbors, whose life has been guided by his faith in Jesus Christ. As an example of this, many will remember when Justin officiated the funeral of his next-door neighbor and friend, Lonnie Cannon, last month.
We are all very proud to have a DFD fire chief living in our neighborhood, but even more grateful to have a man like Justin as our neighbor.