Behind the scene of the article “From Firefighter to Poet: Kendall Thompson.”
Kendall Thompson is one of our successful Alexandrians who became a firefighter in 1986. He climbed up through the ranks at the Fairfax Fire Department to Fire Captain. He also had a strong childhood passion in writing poetry. During his pre-retirement years, he wrote his poems on his IPAD’s note application. He kept writing one poem after another. Now as a retiree, he is free to be a full-time poet.
Kendall comes from a large family. His parents Clayton Thompson, Sr and Irene Drayton had eleven children. Kendall’s siblings are:
Brenda Thompson Laster is a beautician who still practice in Alexandria, Virginia.
Clayton Thompson, Jr is a retired firefighter, currently employed by Homeland Security/Assistance Firefighters’ Grants
Jeffrey Thompson is deceased but he was a U.S. Army and laborer
Iris Thompson is retired from Alexandria City Public School as a Teacher’s Assistant
Marsha Thompson Smith is retired from Alexandria City Schools (Headquarters/School Board)
Lisa Thompson Mountain is a beautician in New Orleans, Louisiana
Norma Cheryl Thompson Blackmon deceased was retired from the U.S. Courts
Christopher Thompson is a retired firefighter and is now the Civilian Assistant to the Fire Chief of Alexandria City
Victor Thompson is a Sous Chef at a country club in Chantilly, Virginia
Michele Thompson is a paralegal in Fairfax, Virginia and she performs network marketing
Kendall is now making up for lost time he has published several books of poems. His books are:
“Hearing Whispers,” describes the feelings that the author gets as his thoughts turn towards the loss of a loved one. Will we hear the whispers of our ancestors? Will we hear the whispers of those who have taken the journey, before us? Hearing Whispers is a part of our journey. (Released July 17, 2020)
You can read more about Kendall Thompson in the Alexandria Gazette’s newspaper dated August 12, 2020 on page 8 at http://connectionarchives.com/PDF/2020/081220/Alexandria.pdf.