Valdosta Fire Department Names 2013 Firefighter Of The Year

By: Winnie Anne Wright Email
By: Winnie Anne Wright Email

The Valdosta Fire Department has named Lt. Chad Roe of Fire Station Number 2 as their Firefighter of the Year.

Roe was honored for his part in saving a man who was buried under his own well in Douglas, Georgia and also for risking his life during the recent chemical fire at PermaFix in Valdosta, where he volunteered to turn off the gas at the facility, even though it was exploding. Roe says none of this could be accomplished without his fellow Firemen.

"It feels good. It was a big honor to be nominated with everybody in the department. You never feel like you deserve it, you know? You're just doing your job, but it's quite an honor."

The Firefighter of the year is awarded with a plaque and a check for $100.

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