With some extra time in his life after graduating from Waterville High School, Jarrod Waufle listened when someone pitched an idea to him.
“Roc Langone talked to me about driving for the ambulance service,’’ Waufle said. “I had time, so joined.’’
Waufle, WCS Class of 2010, had plans to become a professional firefighter. That changed after joining the former Waterville Area Volunteer Ambulance Corp.
“I fell in love with the idea of being an emergency medical service responder,’’ he said. “So I started down that career path.’’
Thirteen years after starting as a driver, Waufle recently became a clinical coordinator for Midstate EMS. His hours of training, classes and experience qualified him to the level of paramedic about 10 years ago.
In addition, Waufle this month begins his second year as chief of the Waterville Fire Department. He’s been a member for 12 years and elected last year at age 29, took over as one of the youngest to achieve the rank of chief.
He was recently re-elected unopposed after a year that saw the department have to weather not one but two floods within its own firehouse.
Two cases of burst pipes have resulted in two massive renovations to replace ruined walls, floors, ceilings, appliances and equipment. “I’ve learned a lot in a year,’’ Waufle said, “about budgets, figuring out how to get repairs done to the firehouse and our trucks and how to work with everyone.’’
Waufle credits some former chiefs - among them Louie Langone, Whitey Brown, Will Beach and John Wright - for always being willing to help and provide…