Two firefighters and two law enforcement officers were named Firefighters of the Year and Officers of the Year on Thursday (10/27/2016) at the Murfreesboro Noon Exchange Club's Annual Crime and Fire Prevention Awards Luncheon at Five Senses restaurant.
Sheriff's Officer of the Year is Deputy Stephen Lewis, Murfreesboro Police Officer of the Year Klint Hill, Murfreesboro Fire & Rescue's Firefighter of the Year Engineer Doug Inglish, Rutherford County Fire Rescue Firefighter of the Year Cameron Jacobs.
Rutherford County Fire & Rescue
Firefighter Cameron Jacobs was named Rutherford County Fire Rescue's Firefighter of the Year.
Fire Chief Larry Farley said Jacobs was instrumental in testing the flow of fire hydrants for Station 3 with some tests on his own time.
He conducted pre-planning of commercial businesses in case of a fire by obtaining information and walking through the facility.
Jacobs took classes and tested to obtain qualifications to become a full-time firefighter with Rutherford County Fire Rescue.
"He has shown a strong dedication to the department, the safety of our firefighters and training to excel in his craft as a firefighter," Farley said.
Murfreesboro Fire & Rescue Department
Engineer Doug Inglish was named Murfreesboro Fire & Rescue Department's "Firefighter of the Year".
"On June 2nd, 2016, Engine 3 was dispatched to an unresponsive person, CPR in progress. Upon arrival, off-duty Engineer Doug Inglish was administering basic life support. He maintained patient care and assisted Engine 3's crew with AED use. The patient was turned over to Rutherford EMS for more advanced care and transport.
After the dust settled and the crew delivered the patient to the emergency department, I asked Doug said that he had just walked out on to his back deck when voices next door caught his attention. He noticed his neighbors trying to wake up the resident and it appeared that he was having a medical emergency. Inglish grabbed his "go bag" and he started CPR while family members called 911.
His early intervention lead to a successful save with the AED. The patient is a retired member of the Murfreesboro Fire & Rescue department and continues to do well today."
Fire Rescue Chief Mark Foulks added, "Doug is a humble man, who quietly does his job, but does it well. He never misses an opportunity to help where help is needed."
Inglish is also one of the recipients of this year's "Outstanding Service Award," which he will receive at the First Annual "Fire Awards and Recognition Ceremony" on November 7th. He has been with MFRD since August, 2000.
Law Enforcement Officers
Rutherford County Sheriffs Office
Deputy Stephen Lewis represents the Rutherford County Sheriff's Office as the Noon Exchange Club Officer of the Year.
Deputy Lewis is a dedicated patrol deputy who constantly performs his duties beyond the basic requirements.
In one instance, Deputy Lewis responded to a call of a driver who drove through several yards of a neighborhood early in the morning, damaging a new SUV. While responding to the call, Deputy Lewis spotted a car with flat tires parked at a nearby subdivision.
The observant deputy tracked rim marks on the road from the car to the victim's driveway. He matched a section of car parts left at the scene with the parked car. The suspect later admitted he caused the damage. Deputy Lewis issued citations to the driver.
The victim wrote a letter to the Sheriff's Office commending Deputy Lewis for his action, professionalism and kindness.
"He could have just taken a report and left but he was observant to his surroundings and continued the investigation to get the suspect identified and cited," the victim said.
Murfreesboro Police Department
Officer Klint Hill with the Murfreesboro Police Department is the other peace officer who was honored.
Officer Hill is described as a well-balanced patrol officer of high caliber. "The manner in which Officer Hill performs his duties is what makes him stand out," said Sergeant Jason McGee. "He is an exemplary officer who has a positive attitude. Other officers, supervisors, members of the community, and even criminal suspects gravitate to Officer Hill because of his positive attitude."
"Officer Hill's desire to help others and make a difference in this community is genuine," said Chief of Police Karl Durr. "He is deserving of this recognition and I am proud of his contributions that make our community and the Department great places to live and work."
Congratulations to these outstanding emergency responders.