During the annual Valdez Fire Department awards banquet in
February, Firefighter Erick Garcia was named 2017 Firefighter of the Year and
Emergency Medical Technician Grace Huhndorf was named 2017 EMT of the
Year. Both personnel serve as volunteers with the department.
Firefighter Erick Garcia was recognized for his positive attitude, work ethic, and
commitment to skill development and professional education. After receiving his
Firefighter I certification, Garcia immediately began working on his EMT 1
certification so he could contribute even more to the department and the safety of
the Valdez community. Garcia also used personal leave from his full-time job to
attend the Alaska Fire Training Conference in Sitka. In addition to his outstanding
commitment to training and professional skill development, Garcia responded to
47 calls for service in 2017.