Firefighter, Civilian, Officer of the Year Ceremony

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department

News Release 14-76
Date:  August 07, 2014

The 2014 Firefighter, Civilian, and Officer of the Year ceremony will be held Tuesday, August 12, 2014, at 11:30 a.m., at Fire and Rescue Station 8, Annandale.

Master Technician Michael Lewis, Fire and Rescue Station 10, Baileys Crossroads, a 26-year veteran, was selected as Firefighter of the Year for his tireless work ethic, passion for teaching, and getting things done. Off duty, he has helped rebuild a home for a fellow firefighter, visited local elementary schools for show-and-tell, and volunteers at his church to mentor young adults.

Beth L. Adams, Quality Manager, Emergency Medical Services Division, was selected as Civilian of the Year for her selfless dedication to the department, especially training current and new emergency medical services (EMS) providers, and is a subject matter expert and leader in the EMS field for the entire department. She contributes to a myriad of committees and organizations, including the Northern Virginia EMS Council, National Association of EMS Physicians, and a key participant in the department's Community Paramedicine Program.

Captain I Chester Waters, Academy, a 21-year veteran, was selected as Officer of the Year for his role and extraordinary leadership in graduating more than 250 firefighter recruits since 2008. As the Basic Training Captain, he recently trained the largest recruit class in the history of the department. He sets the consummate example to recruits and basic training staff alike, providing the best possible environment to learn and grow within the department. Captain Waters also ensures that every recruit class plans and participates in a community project with the goal of helping Fairfax County residents. The last recruit class collected and distributed over 800 pounds of food for those less fortunate.

The Officer of the Year award was recently created and will be awarded for the first time this year. All three awards are the highest awards within the department, respectively.

For more information, call Daniel L. Schmidt or Captain I Randal Bittinger,
Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department, 703-246-3801 and TTY: 711.
Duty PIO (Weekends/After-hours): 703-877-3702
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