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Veteran worker gets top firefighter honors

An official says Mark Smyth's efforts have been "invaluable to our abilities to provide fire protection."

Veteran Fire Department employee Mark Smyth was named the city's Firefighter of the Year during ceremonies Wednesday at the main fire station.

Described by his peers and supervisors as a meticulous employee and a tireless worker, Smyth has been a firefighter for 18 years.

"His extracurricular efforts with fire hose maintenance, repair, testing, marking surveying and inventory are invaluable to our abilities to provide fire protection," said District Fire Chief Randy Bacher, who nominated Smyth. "Mark has also volunteered his time and expertise to repair every oxygen regulator on our department."

In addition to his state firefighter certification, Smyth maintains his emergency medical technician certification and has served as an acting lieutenant.

He is a member of the Technical/Confined Space Rescue Team and recently was promoted to driver/operator. Smyth has designed, manufactured, fabricated and installed equipment on department vehicles to improve usefulness and safety.

Bacher said Smyth, 40, exhibits the dedication, skills and attitude that embodies the values of the department.