Former Titan Speaks Out About New Fire Chief Position
by Marcus Washington
MT. JULIET, Tenn. - Erron Kinney has already achieved what many young boys dream about when deciding what they want to be when they grow up. He's been an NFL player and a firefighter.
Now the former Tennessee Titan has achieved another big career goal and he's made history along the way in one Middle Tennessee town. He's just been appointed to be Mt. Juliet's first fire chief.
"Probably eight or nine years ago I set out and wrote some life goals and one of them was to be...a fire chief," said Kinney.
At 6'5" Kinney stands above the rest, but it's not just his height that makes this former Tennessee Titan stand out.
"I really believe there is no vacation from greatness," said Kinney.
After seven seasons as a tight end for the Titans Kinney followed a childhood passion; one you can quickly pick-up on from this collection of more than 300 model fire trucks inside his home.
He said, "I've been...capped off by my wife cause we don't have the space for all of them."
Monday night, Kinney was named the first fire chief for the city of Mt. Juliet, helping him live out that childhood dream that many of his friends questioned while he played football.
Kinney said one friend would say, 'guys are going to think you are crazy. You want to go volunteer to go into a burning building or do this stuff and here you are on the grandest stage,' in his words, 'playing in the NFL, I would do anything to do that."
Even before his professional football career Kinney worked as a volunteer firefighter in places he lived, but now he's not just a firefighter, he's the chief and he said he didn't make it here alone.
"My parents, teachers, coaches and I recognize the value in those experiences," said Kinney.
Now running plays on a new field in life, Kinney said he's more than excited-- but hearing folks call him chief may take a little time.
"You all have called me that a couple of times and it feels weird to be called that. I have to get used to it," said Kinney.
No word on exactly when Kinney will leave his position as the Fire and Rescue Coordinator with the Williamson County Emergency Management Agency, but it should happen soon.
Kinney still has to take a few evaluations before starting his new position.