Profile: Lewisville firefighter Cole Jasper helps lead education program

Cole Jasper is 10 years into his career as a firefighter/paramedic, including the past five with the Lewisville Fire Department. For the past three years he has been entertaining and educating children as Nozzle – one of the department’s Life and Fire Safety clowns. Each October – as part of Fire Prevention Month – the clowns tour elementary schools and perform educational skits.

Tell us about your family.

I am married and have two boys. My wife and I will be celebrating 10 years of marriage in November. My sons are 8 and 5.

What is the story behind your clown name?

My name was originally Tosh to go with Mac, but we all really wanted the names to be centered around the fire department and a nozzle is a very important tool and aspect of the job.

What is the best part about being a clown?

The children. Hands down. Being able to teach children, and helping to keep children safe is the reason we do this. It’s so fun to hear them laugh when you are up there, then come to you and tell you what they learned. It’s truly rewarding.

Are there any negatives to the role?

The only negative is the stress leading up to it. Getting three people together who have their own very hectic lives is no easy matter. But when that first curtain opens it’s all behind us and that’s when the fun starts. Also, the negative perception that clowns are scary, I get it, but we aren’t those kind of clowns, nor do we look it.

What do you enjoy about being a clown?

I actually enjoy every aspect of it. Aside from teaching children and getting to act silly, I get to do it with two of my closest friends. We have a blast together, and we feed off each other really well. Our chemistry is second to none.

How long does it take you to get dressed for a performance?

About 30 minutes now. My first season it took me over an hour.

What is the best joke or bit you’ve performed?

My favorite so far was the who’s on first bit we did with Mac and his horse named who. But the guys kind of have a running gag during the shows to see which one can make me laugh the most and break character. It’s actually fun because they step it up each show.

If you could sit in with a band and play with them, which would you choose?

Creed. Hands down. They were all I listened to when I was in high school.

If you could live in any sitcom, which one would it be?

This goes out to my boy Cozmo. We have been binge watching the “Santa Clarita Diet” on Netflix, and it would be so fun, yet exhausting to be a part of that show.

What is your favorite movie?

“Tombstone.” I grew up on old westerns and this was the first western I remember coming out when I was older. Plus, it has the best quotes out of almost any movie out there.

What is your favorite book and how many times have you read it?

“Hatchet” by Gary Paulsen. It was the first chapter book I remember reading by myself, and it is the only book I have read more than once. Probably five times or more.

If you could travel anywhere in the world where would you go?

Israel. I would love to go see the places Jesus walked and learn about the history of my ancestors.

What famous person would you love to have coffee with?

There are so many. I would have to say John Wayne. I grew up watching his movies with my dad. He would always let me stay up later to finish a John Wayne movie with him. Love the Duke.

What is your favorite holiday?

Christmas. Now with two young sons, it’s even better, but we make sure to remember the true reason for Christmas. I even enjoy Christmas at the fire station, because you get to celebrate a special holiday with another part of your family.

What is your favorite season?

Winter. I am from Colorado. Go Broncos! I get hot very easily and am not a fan of the summers. Give me 30-degree weather and a cup of coffee please.

What is your preferred social media platform?

I try to stay away from social media.

What superpower would you want?

Hulk strength. He has always been my favorite superhero, and I tend to have what doctors call a little bit of an anger problem.

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