Firefighters recognized for notable contributions

Published 7:31 pm Friday, January 15, 2016

Four Washington firefighters recently received recognition before the City Council for their job performances during the previous year.

Engineer Jonathan Patterson received the 2015 Director’s Award for his efforts during the past year. “Engineer Patterson has stepped up this year and assisted in all aspects of our department moving to the Paramedic level,” reads the letter of commendation written by Stacy Drakeford, the city’s director of police and fire services.

The letter continues: “He has assisted in keeping up with inventory, providing input into the supplied that are purchased. He has shown great strides in moving our department toward being a better agency to our citizens.”

Brent Hamilton, a firefighter/EMT-I, was presented an Exemplary Performance Award. “Firefighter Hamilton has been very proactive around the department this year both in career development and special projects within the department,” wrote fire Chief Robbie Rose and Capt. Jonathan Hardin in a letter of commendation.

The letter further noted that Hamilton acquired fire-inspector (level 1) status, fire-instructor (level 1) status and fire-officer (level 2) status during the past year. He also completed the weeklong breathing-equipment school, which is centered on firefighter safety and survival. He completed the refinishing of the kitchen table at Station 2 and renovation of the department’s small boat.

Robbie Cox, firefighter/EMT-I, also received an Exemplary Performance Award. “Firefighter Robbie Cox took on the task of designing and building a new kitchen table for fire station one,” reads the letter of commendation written by Rose and Capt. R.M Flowers.

The table, handmade with solid wood and in-laid with department logos and colors, “has gained much attention and praise from personnel within the department as well as others from outside of the department,” reads the letter.

Flowers, a shift commander, received an Award of Excellence. “This award is specifically related to Capt. Flowers’ work this past year in the purchasing of a new EMS Ambulance that included overseeing the specification process and delivery of the truck to our department that was recently placed in service,” reads the letter of commendation written by Rose. The letter notes that Flowers was instrumental in the unexpected replacement of a fire engine ordered by the department but which did not meet specifications agreed to by the city and its manufacturer. Flowers helped review several available fire engines, assisting in choosing one that would best meet the department’s immediate needs, the letter notes.

Drakeford, Rose, Hardin and Flowers presented the awards to their respective recipients.




About Mike Voss

Mike Voss is the contributing editor at the Washington Daily News. He has a daughter and four grandchildren. Except for nearly six years he worked at the Free Lance-Star in Fredericksburg, Va., in the early to mid-1990s, he has been at the Daily News since April 1986.
Journalism awards:
• Pulitzer Prize for Meritorious Public Service, 1990.
• Society of Professional Journalists: Sigma Delta Chi Award, Bronze Medallion.
• Associated Press Managing Editors’ Public Service Award.
• Investigative Reporters & Editors’ Award.
• North Carolina Press Association, First Place, Public Service Award, 1989.
• North Carolina Press Association, Second Place, Investigative Reporting, 1990.
All those were for the articles he and Betty Gray wrote about the city’s contaminated water system in 1989-1990.
• North Carolina Press Association, First Place, Investigative Reporting, 1991.
• North Carolina Press Association, Third Place, General News Reporting, 2005.
• North Carolina Press Association, Second Place, Lighter Columns, 2006.
Recently learned he will receive another award.
• North Carolina Press Association, First Place, Lighter Columns, 2010.
4. Lectured at or served on seminar panels at journalism schools at UNC-Chapel Hill, University of Maryland, Columbia University, Mary Washington University and Francis Marion University.

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