Congratulations to Waldorf student Sgt. Chad Carney who has been named Firefighter of the Year for 2014 by the Howell Area Fire Department in Howell, Mich.!
“It was pretty incredible,” he said, according to the Livingston (Mich.) Daily newspaper. “I’ve worked a long time with the department, and to have that happen is pretty awesome. … I’m very grateful for them nominating me, and it’s a great honor.”
Carney, who was selected by a committee of the fire department, received a special plaque and watch. He has a passion for diving and is currently the team leader of the department’s dive team. The group praised him for going above and beyond the requirements of his position by dedicating himself to the success of this team.
Carney joined the Howell Area Fire Department at age 13 as a junior firefighter. He completed his firefighting training by the time he graduated high school and he has been with the Howell Area Fire Department since.
“When I saw what we could do for the community and some of the tools and techniques of fire service, it made me think that was something I’d like to do,” he said. “It’s done great things for me. It’s kept me out of trouble,” he said in the article.
Carney is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in fire science administration.