2013 Brian Katzman
2015 Firefighter of the Year
Notes from Chief Greg Herrmann,
Now comes the time in our program, that I, as Chief, have the opportunity to recognize one active member who has shown exemplary dedication and perseverance, and gone above and beyond during the last year. The decision to recognize just one person is never an easy one, as so many people fit the bill. However, this year, there was one person who just seemed to always come through in times of need, and step up to the plate when asked.
This year’s recipient joined our department in February, 2013. In 2015 he spent countless hours in training and responding to calls. He has attended Fire Officer 1 class (54 hours), Firefighter 2 class (27 hours), Strategy and Tactics for Initial Company Operations class (24 hours), Vital Signs EMS conference (20 hours), NY State Chief’s Company Officer Leadership training (12 hours) and was a participant in the Central NY 9/11 Stair Climb. He is a NYS EMT, Interior SCBA qualified firefighter, and is starting his 2nd year as a Lieutenant in our department.
This person is our computer and networking guru for any and all issues at the fire station. He takes training very seriously, already signing up for classes in 2016. He finished 2nd this year in overall call responses.
Without further ado, it gives me great pleasure to announce to you the 2015 Firefighter of the Year – Bernardo Sobrino.