By: Lanetra Bennett
April 22, 2014
Tallahassee, FL - One of Tallahassee's own fireifghters is recognized with a statewide award.
Lieutenent Rusty Roberts received the Florida Professional Firefighter of the Year. He and about a dozen other firefighters and fire service members from across Florida were recognized during Tuesday's Cabinet Meeting at the Capitol.
The group received individual resolutions signed by Governor Rick Scott and the cabinet members during a reception at the Capitol Monday night.
Roberts 25-year career expands past fighting fires. He's certified as a
HAZMAT instructor and arson investigator, and is active in community service.
He says, "I'm very humbled for this. I accepted it on behalf of all the firefighters in the state of Florida. I work in a great department--Tallahassee Fire Department--that has a tremendous amount of individuals that are really are top notch."
The recognitions were a part of Florida State Fire Marshal Jeff Atwater's Annual Fire Service Awards.
Before the Cabinet Meeting, here was a "Ringing of the Bell" ceremony to remember fallen firefighters. Eight names will be added to the "Wall of Honor" on the first floor of the Capitol.
News Release: Tallahassee Fire Department
The Tallahassee Fire Department’s very own Lt. Rusty Roberts will be recognized tonight as the recipient of this year’s Florida Professional Firefighter of the Year award presented by the Florida State Fire Marshal’s Office.
Roberts will receive an individual resolution signed by the Governor and members of the Cabinet at this evenings Fire Service Awards ceremony. “I am not surprised by this award at all as Lt. Rusty Roberts has spent his career going above and beyond as a firefighter and helping people in and around our community, he’s simply an outstanding individual,” said Interim Fire Chief John Gatlin.
Roberts began his fire service career in June of 1989, and he has risen through the ranks to become lieutenant with the Tallahassee Fire Department. In his 25 year career, Roberts has been involved in a number of events.
Roberts says these are all things firefighters would do without expecting to be honored.
"It's awesome. It's also not something, as a firefighter, it's my job to do all these things, and I expect to do these things", he says. "I accept it for the department that does so much for the community, and I'm just a member of it."
Roberts, along with other honorees, will also be recognized jointly at the Cabinet meeting at the Capitol tomorrow. Members of the media are welcome to join both presentations.