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Hi I'm Larry Waddle

I'm a 3rd generation firefighter, husband and father of seven children. I'm a mormon.

About Me

For 30 years I have worked as a professional firefighter progressively moving up the ranks from Firefighter to Fire Chief. I'm retired from the Oklahoma City Fire Department after 25 years of service and eligible for retirement in South Carolina. I enjoy playing golf, fishing and an occasional game of chess. I completed two masters degrees from Oklahoma State University and I'm a graduate on the National Fire Academy's Executive Fire Officers Program. I Studied in London and in Scotland and taught as an adjunct instructor at the National Fire Academy. I spoke at the National Hurricane Conference in Orlando Florida and in Austin Texas. I'm a member of various professional organizations such as the International Association of Fire Chiefs and a alumni member of both Oklahoma University and Oklahoma State University. I participated in the search and rescue effort at the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building Bombing. I was selected to lead the Planning section for the National Memorial Service for the Nine Charleston Firefighters. December of 2011 my seventh child was born with Down Syndrome and three holes in her heart, requiring open heart surgery and she has been the focus of my immediate families attention over the past year. I hope in the near future I might be able to turn more of my attention to the needs of my family.

Why I am a Mormon

I feel the Spirit of God as I have never experienced before. I know in my heart that God lives and I depend on him to provide me with wisdom and strength to live every day of my life. All I ever wanted in life was to have a family and now the gospel of Jesus Christ has provided me with answers to all of my questions and has shown me how my family can be together forever. I place more emphasis on my relationship with my Heavenly Father and desire to live my life in a manner that will bless me and my wife and children for eternity.

How I live my faith

I'm a convert to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I joined the Church when I was 48 years old. I grew up without parents and had very little adult supervision. I graduated at the age of 17 and lived in an apartment working at grocery stores and service stations repairing tires to support myself. After I graduated from high school I entered the military and received orders for Viet Nam shortly after I turned 18. I grew up quickly and developed drinking and smoking habits. I made very little to no contribution to my community and I never made time to help others. I attended about ever church you could think of but they were all the same to me. Church was boring and I really didn't see the value in attending. Looking back I understand why I struggled to attend on a regular basis and I attribute this to not being able to fill a void in my heart that I latter in life came to understand as the Holy Spirit. Now I participate in various community events providing assistance with fund raisers for community events, working on projects to assist local hospital burn units with funding and humanitarian efforts to support those who are in need of housing. I participate with the Lion's Club and the Rotary Clubs in my community and with the youth at church. My focus is on setting good examples for my children and gaining an understanding of serving others and being charitable. Our family finds great joy in serving others and my spirit is lifted as we come together as a family and pray as a family. My immediate mission is to teach my children to live as Christ lived.