Oak Ridge Fire Chief Darryl Kerley announced today the Oak Ridge Fire Department employees have selected the outstanding firefighter and officer for 2013.  The awards were presented earlier this month at a reception for the employees and their families.

 Firefighter of the Year

Jeff Hackney is a Firefighter\Engineer on A-shift recognized for his significant contributions to the remodeling and repairs to fire station 1 and 2 and his work on the training props and burn buildings at fire station 3.  FFE Hackney also served as Acting Captain for several months during the past application process and is in the process of obtaining his Fire Officer certification.  Congratulations to Jeff Hackney for outstanding service in 2013, selected by his peers for this award!

 Officer of the Year

 Officer of the year was awarded to Deputy Chief Josh Waldo for his significant contributions to the Fire Prevention programs and 2013 fire training efforts.  Chief Waldo continues to encourage our firefighters to complete their degrees and obtain National certification as Fire Officers.  He served the Department of Homeland Security as peer reviewer for the national fire grant program and continues to add the use of latest technology to our department to better serve the community.  Chief Waldo was also selected for this award by the employees of the Oak Ridge Fire department.

 Two New Employees

On the same night of the awards reception, two new employees and their families were introduced to the department during their ceremonial swearing in process.

Skylar West comes to the Oak Ridge Fire Department from Scott County where he was born and raised.  Skylar attended Tusculum College on a football scholarship, where he graduated with a degree in sports medicine.   He just completed the 10 week, 400-hour Fire Training Academy in middle Tennessee and began his first 24 hour shift last week assigned to A-Shift.

Wes Horton is an Oak Ridge native who graduated EMT-IV school in middle Tennessee last year and was working for Morgan County Ambulance Service and part-time for the State of Tennessee Division of Forestry as a wildland firefighter.  Wes is a volunteer firefighter with the Marlow Fire Department and is in the process of completing his Level I firefighter examination. Wes also began his first 24-hour shift last week assigned to C-Shift.

For more information contact the Oak Ridge Fire Department at 865-425-3520 or visit www.oakridgetn.gov.

Media Contact: Candice Brogan at 865-425-3546 or cbrogan@oakridgetn.gov.